William C. Stukenborg, 80, 4061 Ohio 29, Celina, died at 1:10 p.m. July 30, 2001, at his residence.
He was born Jan. 27, 1921, in St. Henry, to Frank and Clara (Schockman) Stukenborg. On Sept. 15, 1951, he married Donna Reigelsperger, who survives.
Other survivors are a son and his wife, Joe and Angela of Celina; a daughter and her husband, Carol and Terry Moorman, Celina; a daughter, Sharon Blackburn, Celina; a brother and his wife, Arthur and Joyce Stukenborg, St. Henry; two sisters and their husbands, Adeline and Robert Reigelsperger, Centerville, and Dorothy and Ernie Buening, Coldwater; three sisters, Marcella Reilly, Dayton, Pat Vondrell, Kettering, and Leona Knapke, St. Henry; a brother-in-law, Hugo Schoenlein, Dayton; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Deceased is a sister, Margaret Schoenlein, a brother, Father Robert Stukenborg, an infant brother, and two brothers-in-law.
He was retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, St. Marys, and was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina. A World War II veteran, he was a member of the Celina V.F.W. Post #5713.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday, at the church, the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiating. Burial is at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to Mercer-Darke County Hospice or the church restoration fund.
Ruth Ann Binkley, 61, of Venedocia, was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:41 a.m. June 30, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital, following a sudden illness.
She was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Van Wert, to Hallet A. and M. Evelyn (Davies) Jacks.
Surviving are two sons and their wives, Richard Bradley and Shana Fryer and Michael G. and Melissa Binkley, all of Venedocia; two daughters and their husbands, Teresa A. and Carl Wienken and Linda M. and Tim Goffe, all of Spencerville; a brother, Allen Hallet Jacks, Venedocia; and eight grandchildren.
She retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., St. Marys, in 1999 after 30 years of service. She was currently employed part time at the Van Wert County Sheriff's Office and was secretary of the Van Wert County Sheriff's Auxiliary. A 1959 graduate of Spencerville High School and a graduate of the law enforcement program at Vantage Joint Vocational School, she also was a member of Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772 Auxiliary in Spencerville. A member of the Guinea Foul Association, she raised peacocks and guineas.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville. Burial will follow at Wright Cemetery near Converse.
Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. The VFW Auxiliary will conduct services there at 9 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the VFW Auxiliary or the Van Wert County Sheriff's Auxiliary.
Charles (Chuck) Robert DeBolt, 23, Carmel, Ind., died at Riverside Hospital, Noblesville, Ind., June 28, 2002, following an auto accident at 4:30 p.m. that day.
He was born Aug. 7, 1978, in Union City, Ind., to Robert and Kathleen (Homan) DeBolt. They survive in Union City.
Also surviving are a brother, Brad A. of Carmel; the maternal grandfather, Cyril B. Homan, Fort Recovery; and the paternal grandparents, Ruby Walters, of Union City, Ind., and Dick and Evelyn DeBolt, of Union City.
Deceased are a maternal grandmother, Vera (Walker) Homan, and a paternal grandfather, Ted O. Walters.
He was a 1997 graduate of Union City Community High School and a 2001 graduate of Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in computer science. He was employed as an information analyst for E.I. Lilly in Indianapolis, Ind.
Funeral Mass is 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Mary Catholic Church, Union City, the Rev. Alan Funk officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 5-9 p.m. today at Reichard Funeral Home, Union City. A rosary service is planned there at 9 p.m.
Contributions can be made to the Chuck R. DeBolt Scholarship Fund.
Mildred R. Waterman, 82, 218 Zillah St., Celina, died at 12:55 a.m. June 30, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
She was born May 26, 1920, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Vincent and Edmee (Miller) Speck. On Feb. 27, 1937, she married Robert Waterman and he died Sept. 29, 1961.
Surviving are a son and his wife, Bill and Margaret of Celina; a daughter and her husband, Linda and David Budde, Englewood; a brother, William Speck, Fort Myers, Fla.; a sister, Evelyn Burden, Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters-in-law, Frances Kohn and Virginia Waterman, both of Celina; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a stepfather, Franklin Dowden; a brother, Joseph Speck; and a sister, Louise Hensinger.
She retired as a cafeteria worker at West Elementary School in Celina and later from Reynolds & Reynolds Co., Celina. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will be at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association or Mercer County Hospice.
Robert Whitaker, 77, 179 Jenkins Road, Fort Recovery, died at 11:45 a.m. June 29, 2002, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys.
He was born Jan. 5, 1925, in Los Angeles, Calif., to Sherman and Clara (Keen) Whitaker.
One brother, Harvey of Fort Recovery, survives.
Deceased are two brothers, Thomas and Charles, and a sister, Crystal.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served with the 10th Mountain Division in the European Campaign of World War II and received a Purple Heart. He attended Fort Recovery Church of the Nazarene.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church, the Rev. Kevin Neumann officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Spring Hill Cemetery, Fort Recovery.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. today at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery, and after 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Phyllis A. Fisher, 63, 103 Mangold Drive, Portland, Ind., died July 1, 2002, at Americare Center West in Portland.
She was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Jay County, Ind., to Truman and Anna (Abbott) Lanning. On Oct. 17, 1954, she married Calvin Fisher and he died May 17, 1990.
Surviving are six sons, Jerry of Marion, Ind., and Randy, Kenneth, Guy, Jeff and L. Dean, all of Portland; five daughters, Lucinda Fisher-McAbee, Montpelier, Ind., Roseanna Muth, New Weston, Jennifer Lykins, Portland, Kathy Brown, Albuquerque, N.M., and Marsha Bates, Greenwood, Ind.; two brothers, Oscar Lanning, Portland, and Wayne Lanning, Redford, Mich.; 25 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A son, John Allen, is deceased.
She had worked at C.T.S. in Berne, Ind., and was a member of the Women of the Moose.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Baird-Freeman Funeral Home, Portland, the Rev. Esther Kershaw officiating. Burial will follow at Union Chapel Cemetery.
Calling is noon-4 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Mercer County Hospice.
Rev. John Lefko
The Rev. John Lefko, 89, died July 1, 2002, in the infirmary at St. Charles Center, Carthagena. He had been in failing health for several months.
He was born Oct. 5, 1912, in New York City, to Michael and Katarina (Wolinaska) Lefko.
There are no survivors.
Lefko, who grew up in a New York City tenement, entered the Society of the Precious Blood in 1927 and was ordained to the priesthood May 1, 1938. He became associate pastor at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Whiting, Ind., and was named pastor in 1945. In 1953, he was named director of development and treasurer of St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Ind. During that time he traveled with the Chicago Bears football team, which had its summer training camp at the college, and acted as the team chaplain. He accepted a new challenge in 1967 as president of the St. Joseph campus in East Chicago, Ind., later known as Calumet College. He remained in the post until 1975 and later continued to support the college's fundraising activities as president emeritus until his full retirement to St. Charles in 1995.
Funeral Mass is 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Charles Center, the Rev. Angelo Anthony officiating. Burial will follow at the society's cemetery on the grounds.
Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today and prior to the Mass Wednesday at St. Charles.
Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, has charge of arrangements.
Lloyd "Red" Phlipot, 85, 826 Gethsemane St., St. Marys, died at 7:28 p.m. June 30, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Aug. 2, 1916, in Darke County, to Louis and Lova (Boommershine) Phlipot. On April 29, 1939, he married Anna Marie Miller and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Lloyd Jr. and Eileen of Miami Township; a brother and his wife, Dorvan and Martha of Versailles; a sister and her husband, Patricia and James Borchers, and two sisters, Mary Monnin and Joan Grilliot, all of Versailles; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son, David; two brothers, Forest and Jerome; and his stepmother, Estella (Dapore) Phlipot.
He retired in 1984 as owner/operator of Miller's Cafe in St. Marys. He had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and as a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and a life member of American Legion Post 323, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, Disabled American Veterans and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 767, all of St. Marys.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. David Heinl officiating. Burial will follow at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Contributions can be made to Holy Rosary School.
Betty E. Groff, 77, formerly of Piqua and Montezuma, died at 3:13 p.m. June 29, 2002, at the Covington Care Center in Covington.
She was born Nov. 19, 1924, in Dayton, to John and Elizabeth (Packman) Fahel. On July 2, 1955, she married Richard R. Groff and he died March 19, 2000.
Surviving are two daughters and their husbands, Sondra and Larry Salyer, Troy, and Dixie and Floyd Kellar, Sun Lake, Ariz., and a daughter, Yvonne MacKellar, Mesa, Ariz.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Two brothers and two sisters are deceased.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma.
Graveside services are 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, the Rev. Angelo Caserta officiating.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. today at Melcher-Sowers Funeral Home, Piqua. Condolences can be sent to www.melcher-sowers.com
Contributions can be made to Hospice of Miami County.
William Kellermeyer Sr.
William D. Kellermeyer Sr:, 50, 328 Huffman St., St. Marys, died at 12:15 a.m. July 2, 2002, at his residence. Death was due to cancer.
He was born Nov. 22, 1951, in Celina, to Richard A. and Helen M. (Smelser) Kellermeyer. His father survives in Wapakoneta and his mother is a resident of Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys. On Sept. 28, 1974, he married Thelma L. Ohlinger and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, William D. Jr. of St. Marys; two daughters, Jennifer L. and Beth A., both at home; four brothers and their wives, Charles and Marsha, South Foulton, Tenn., Richard A. and Caroline, St. Marys, Brian and Kristine, Celina, and Steve and Gail Harris, Denver, Colo.; two sisters and their husbands, Gerry Lee and Frank Cordier, Lucasville, and Cheryl and Darren Byerly, St. Marys, and a sister, Kathy Couchot, Brookville.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and was employed as a press operator at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, both of St. Marys. A Civil War buff, he also enjoyed collecting coins.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at the church, the Revs. Joy Miller and Carl Leach officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Friday at Long and Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Michael T. Moeller, 51, 208 E. Poplar St., Sidney, died at 1:40 p.m. June 30, 2002, at Valley Nursing Home, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Feb. 9, 1951, in Sidney, to Thomas and Mary (Dorsten) Moeller. They survive in Minster.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Matthew and Angie of Portland, Ind., and David and Tara of Bryant, Ind., and a son, Joseph of Portland; a daughter and her husband, Sherry and Jeff Taylor, Portland; two sisters and their husbands, Judy and Keith Lear, Bradford, and Joyce and Dennis Aselage, Fort Loramie, and two sisters, Diane of Owensboro, Ky., and Angie Young of Sidney.
He had worked as a mechanic prior to becoming disabled. His hobbies included fishing and collecting NASCAR memorabilia.
A private family service is planned.
Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys, has charge of arrangements.