William Hollis Warrick, 89, Willshire, died July 9, 2001, at 6:35 a.m., at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
He was born April 5, 1912, in Tama, to Frank and Bertha (Hinton) Warrick.
Survivors are a brother, Wilson H. of Celina.
Deceased are five sisters, Rhoa Tricker, Henrietta Strable, Betty Mundhenk, Doris Kuhn and Marcella Imes.
He was a welder at General Motors in Detroit, attended Willshire United Brethren Church and was a member of the Willshire American Legion Post. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.
Services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Emmitt Cox officiating. Burial is at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Calling is from 3-8 p.m. Wednesday, and from 12-1 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Mercer-Darke County Hospice.
Dennis G. Castle, 55, 103 Maple St., Waynesfield, died July 8, 2001, at his residence, following a sudden illness.
He was born Sept. 19, 1945, in Lima, to Tobis Gene and Marvaline Grace (McCreight) Castle.
Survivors are a son and his wife, Douglas G. and Armandina of Lima; a son, Dennis C. of Enterprise, Ala.; two daughters and their husbands, Linda Kay and Brian Motter, Wapakoneta and Cheryl A. and Casey Eagy, Rushsylvania; a daughter, Carolyn S., Lima; five brothers, Anthony of Prestonsburg, Ky., Banner of Martin, Ky., John, Kenny and Jeffrey, all of Lansing, Mich.; five sisters, Pat Castle Summers, Lansing, Mich., Donna Castle Ebright, Holt, Mich., Anna, Lansing, Mich., Nancy Castle Humphrey, Lansing, Mich. and Deana Castle Jorday, Lima.
He was formerly employed at Superior Coach/Sheller Globe, Lima.
Services are 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Long & Folk Funeral Home, Wapakoneta, the Rev. Donald F. Smith officiating. Private burial will follow at a later date.
Calling is 2-4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Velma Jane Post, 85, of Spencerville, died at 5:30 p.m. July 9, 2001, at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville.
She was born Nov. 23, 1915, in Auglaize County, to Walter and Cathern (Becker) Miller. On Aug. 9, 1954, she married L. Howard Post, who survives at the nursing home.
Deceased is a sister, Dorothy Davis.
She taught at Spencerville Schools for 45 years, serving as elementary principal for eight. She graduated with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, a past member of the retired teachers association, a Jennings Scholar, a member of the Spencerville Grange #2424, a member of Ida Rebekah Lodge #391, a member of Chapter 130 of the Order of Eastern Stars, where she held various positions. She belonged to Spencerville United Church of Christ, where she served on the official board, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served as secretary for church records.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Ronald L. Shifley officiating. Burial is in New Salem Cemetery.
Calling is from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church's memorial fund.
Margaret A. Schmidt, 90, 10217 Stickle Road, St. Louisville, died at 6:45 p.m. July 9, 2001, at LPN Health Care Facility, Newark.
She was born June 7, 1911, in Fairfield County, to Frederick C. and Mahala (Griesinger) Katter. On Dec. 29, 1935, she married G. Arlin Schmidt, who died Jan. 4, 1989.
Survivors are a daughter and her husband, Neila and Thomas Bredehoft, St. Louisville; a sister and her husband, Evelyn and Emmitt Shoup, Wapakoneta; a sister, Clara DeBell, Wapakoneta; three grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother, John Katter and a sister, Opal Cruise.
She was a homemaker and assisted her husband with the operation of the family farm and was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moulton.
Services are 2:30 p.m. today, at Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Joy L. Miller officiating. Burial is at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville.
Calling is from 1-2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Celina native Francis W. Carpenter, 83, 8738 S. W. Tropical Ave., Stuart, Fla., died July 9, 2001 at Martin Memorial South, Stuart, Fla.
He was born April 26, 1918, in Celina, to Charles and Zora (Fox) Carpenter. On July 4, 1943, he married Maxine McCury, who survives.
Also surviving is a son, Michael of Stuart, Fla.
Deceased are two brothers, George and Charles.
He was the retired superintendent of Florida Steel Co., Stuart, Fla., a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina, and the Celina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II.
Services will be conducted at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, at a later date.
Edward B. Hemmelgarn, 95, 3753 Philothea Road, Coldwater, died at 5:45 a.m. July 11, 2001, at The Gardens at St. Henry.
He was born June 15, 1906, in Philothea, to Frank and Anne (Pleiman) Hemmelgarn. On Nov. 11, 1930, he married Josephine Wenning, who died April 7, 1998.
Survivors are a son and his wife, Jerry and Shirley of Kent; a daughter and her husband, Betty and August Jutte, St. Henry; a daughter-in-law, Lois Hemmelgarn, Philothea; a sister, Marcella Lefeld, Coldwater; 15 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a son, Floyd, two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
He was founder and owner/operator of Hemmelgarn and Sons, Inc., a member of St. Marys Church, Philothea, the men's Sodality of the church, the Coldwater Knights of Columbus Council 1991 and the Celina Moose Lodge.
Funeral Mass is 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at the church, the Revs. Larry Hemmelgarn and Louis Barga officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is from 3-8 p.m. Friday and 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Reatta C. Fickert, 89, Rockford, died at 12:55 a.m. today at the Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
She was born Jan. 7, 1912, in Mercer County, to Phillip and Mary (Brehm) Strable. On Feb. 12, 1938, she married Raymond Fickert, and he died Sept. 10, 1984.
Survivors are a son and his wife, Wayne and Sally of Rockford; a daughter and her husband, Gloria and Dennis Laffin, Rockford; a sister and her husband, Evelyn and Clarence Donovan, Celina; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was a homemaker, and was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Rockford. She also belonged to the St. Paul's Women's Fellowship, and the Adams County Homemaking Club.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Funeral services for Reatta Caroline Fickert were held at 2 p.m. July 14, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Rockford, the Rev. John Fleming officiated. June Bollenbacher played the organ, and songs were sung by Gene Bollenbacher.
Pallbearers to the church cemetery were Scott and Doug Fickert, Tom Stephenson, Jerry Schaadt, Eugene Hynde and Roy Thompson.
Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, handled the arrangements.
Funeral services for Gordon Brookhart were held at 1:30 p.m. July 11, at Lehman Funeral Home, the Rev. Jon Kraner officiated. Organist was Margaret Fisher.
Pallbearers to Swamp College Cemetery were Bruce Brookhart, Steve Brookhart, Alan Brookhart, Curt Brookhart, Mike Brookhart and Ron Brookhart.
Military services were conducted at the cemetery by Celina American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) posts.
Richard H. "Dick" Starkey, 68, Spencerville, died at 11:25 a.m. July 12, 2001, at his home.
He was born April 6, 1933, in Spencerville, to Elmer Franklin and Dana Mable Miller Starkey.
Survivors are a brother and his wife, Carl and Janet of Baton Rouge, La.; and a sister and her husband, Ruth and Calvin Neiford, Van Wert.
Deceased is a brother, William F. Starkey.
He was retired from the Sheller Globe Superior Coach Division in Lima as an electrician in the school bus division. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1955, a member of the Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post #191, Spencerville, and was a graduate of Spencerville High School. He was active in car shows with his Chevrolet ElCamino.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Larry Walters officiating. Burial is at Spencerville Cemetery, where gravesite military rites will be conducted by American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) members of Spencerville.
Calling is from 5-9 p.m. Friday and after 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Lima Memorial Hospital Home Health Care.
Lois Berry, 74, Ohio 707, Rockford, died July 13, 2001 at her residence.
She was born Aug. 25, 1926 in Blackcreek Township, Mercer County, to William Allan Rutledge and Opal Merl Warthman Rutledge.On Aug. 22, 1945, she married Charles Junior Berry, who died June 29.
Surviving is a son and his wife, Jack and Cindy, Willshire; three daughters and their husbands, Betty and Roy Cooper, Van Wert; Beverly and Dave Kuch, New Bremen and Connie, at home; seven grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death was a brother, John Rutledge, and a sister, Madeline Anderson.
She was a 35-year retired employee of the former Huffy Bicycles and was a member of the New Horizons Community Church, formerly the Otterbein Church in Rockford and the Celina Ladies Auxiliary. She had worked as a volunteer at Shane Hill Nursing Home, Rockford.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Robert Loar officiating. Burial will be in Stringtown Cemetery, Rockford.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m. until services Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the church.
Irma Catherine Eiting, 64, Route 2, Box 2081, Ohio 66, Minster, died July 13, 2001 at her home.
She was born Dec. 4, 1936, in Botkins to Lawrence and Catherine (Kremer) Klosterman. She married Ken Eiting, who survives.
Other survivors are a son and his wife, Tim and Kristy of New Bremen; a son, Nick of Anna; two daughters and their husbands, Linda and David Garke, Coldwater, and Victoria and Anna Wuebker, Anna; three brothers and their wives, Elmer and Evlalia of Montezuma, Norman and Rita of Celina and Vernon and Marge of Kettering; a sister and her husband, Mary and Edward Siegrist, Fort Recovery; a sister, Esther Borger, Celina; and eight grandchildren.
Deceased is a brother-in-law, Melvin Borger.
She was a homemaker and had worked at Reynolds & Reynolds, Celina, and on the family farm. She was a graduate of Coldwater High School, a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Minster, and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Monday, at the church, the Rev. Louis Schmit officiating.
Calling is an hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Mercer, Darke and Auglaize counties.