Arnold J. "Smokey" Smith, 70, 115 E. Front St., New Bremen, died at 8:40 p.m. Oct. 11, 2001 at his residence.
He was born July 8, 1931, in Knott County, Ky., to Andrew and Silvia (Beverly) Smith. On Sept. 14, 1952, he married Nelva Tangeman and she survives.
Also surviving are three sons and their wives, Francis and Janice of Neptune, Roger and Stacey of St. Marys and Charlie and Mae of Atlanta, Ga., and a son, James of Neptune; one daughter and her husband, Vivian and Carl Fly, St. Marys, and two daughters, Teresa of St. Marys and Hope of New Bremen; two brothers, Robert and Oliver Smith, Indianapolis, Ind.; three sisters, Janette Short, Edna Mae Doty and Carol Cornett, also of Indianapolis; a mother-in-law, Esther Spicer, Celina; 11 grandchildren, one stepgrandchild and two great-grandsons.
Deceased are a son, Doug; a daughter, Darlene; four sisters, three brothers and a great-granddaughter.
He retired from Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, after 29 years. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and also served in the Army Reserves and the Ohio National Guard. He attended Hillsdale Baptist Church, St. Marys, and was a member of American Legion Post 323, St. Marys.
Services are 11:30 a.m. Monday at the church, the Rev. Ron Spurgeon officiating. Burial is at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-6 p.m. Sunday at Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home, New Bremen, and 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday at the church.
Contributions can be made to of Darke-Mercer County Hospice.
Clementine E. Eilerman, 93, 5582 Ohio 705, Fort Loramie, died at 6:15 a.m. Oct. 14, 2001 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, where she had been a patient 10 days.
She was born July 24, 1908, in Fort Loramie, to Clemens and Magdalen (Dreses) Eilerman.
Surviving are a brother, Edward Eilerman, Fort Loramie; two sisters, Frances Eilerman and Alma Kuest, also of Fort Loramie; and two sisters-in-law, Anna Marie Eilerman, Minster, and Rosella Eilerman, Fort Loramie.
Deceased are three brothers and one sister.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, St. Anne Rosary & Altar Sodality and the Knights of St. John Auxiliary, all of Fort Loramie.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial is at the church cemetery.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Daniel D. Freewalt, 82, 04615 County Road 33A, St. Marys, died at 11:28 a.m. Oct. 14, 2001 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Aug. 14, 1919, in Lima, to George and Velma (Rhoades) Freewalt. On April 10, 1943, he married Ruby Thomas and she survives.
Also surviving are 17 nieces and nephews.
Deceased are two brothers, Kermit Freewalt Sr. and Robert Freewalt, and a sister, Beatrice Engel.
He formerly worked at St. Marys Foundry Co., owned and operated Freewalt Construction Co. in St. Marys and later worked at Churchill Construction, Lima. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served under General George S. Patton in the 610th Tank Destroyers in Europe during World War II. He was a life member and past commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9289, St. Marys, a life member of Disabled American Veterans Post 73, Wapakoneta, a member of Wayne Street United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 323, all of St. Marys, and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 691, Wapakoneta.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long and Folk Funeral Home, the Rev. David Woodyard officiating. Burial is at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys, with military rites by the VFW and American Legion.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. A veterans memorial service is planned at 7 p.m.
Robert T. Boeckman, 78, 511 E. Walnut St., Coldwater, died at 3:35 a.m. Oct. 16, 2001 at Riverside Hospital, Columbus.
He was born Oct. 17, 1922, in Mercer County, to Albert and Julia (Homan) Boeckman. On May 21, 1946, he married Ethel Diller and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, James and Nancy of Coldwater; three brothers and their wives, Rich and Rita, Arthur and Eileen and William and Jane, all of Coldwater; a sister and her husband, Mary and Ralph Tumbusch, St. Henry; a sister-in-law, Mary Boeckman, Coldwater; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are two daughters, Janet Parker and Joan Boeckman, and a brother, Ralph Boeckman.
A retired carpenter, he had worked for the village of Coldwater and Pax Inc., Celina. He served as a U.S. Army infantryman in the European Theatre during World War II. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Men's Holy Name Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5135, all of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society or to the poor.
Andrew Brogan Jr.
Andrew L. Brogan Jr., 63, 06437 Ohio 219, New Knoxville, died at 1:40 p.m. Oct. 15, 2001 at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following an extended illness.
He was born Nov. 22, 1937, in Cincinnati, to Andrew and Anna (LeBlaug) Brogan. His mother survives in Lebanon.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Andrew III and Tawnya of New Knoxville; one daughter and her husband, Kerry and Mike Fordyce, West Union, and five daughters, Kathy of Loveland, and Barb, Joni, Jenni Burden and Amy, all of Lebanon; two brothers, Robert of Remington and Thomas of Blue Ash; three sisters and their husbands, Barb and Dale Lutes and Marge and Jim Wells, all of Milford, and Julie and Tom Elliott, Mainville, and a sister, Ellen Clark, Columbus.
Deceased are a brother, Jimmy Brogan, and a grandson.
He was employed as an electrician at General Motors Corp. in Moraine for more than 25 years. He was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church, Lebanon.
Graveside services are 1 p.m. Thursday at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery, New Knoxville, the Rev. David Heinl officiating.
Calling is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home, New Knoxville.
Contributions can be made to Darke-Mercer County Hospice.
Celina native Coreen E. Moorman, 41, 1015 Columbia St., St. Marys, was killed around 9:15 p.m. Oct. 16, 2001 in a car-train accident in Wapakoneta.
She was born Aug. 16, 1960, in Celina, to William E. and Shirley Ann (Goodwin) Moorman. Her mother survives in Celina.
Also surviving are a son, James Morris, Celina; two daughters, Tasha Moorman, Coldwater, and Katie Moorman, Celina; two brothers and their wives, William and Darlene Moorman, Manhattan, Kan., and Stephen and Lori Moorman, Celina; and five sisters and their husbands, Beverly and Terry Morris, Malinda and Gary Spring, Lisa and Dan Smith and Linda and Jim Monroe, all of Celina, and Judy and Harry Bean, Summerville, S.C.
Deceased are a son, Tyler Whalen; a sister, Karen; and a brother, Joseph.
She was a waitress at the China Garden restaurant, St. Marys and a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and the Loyal Order of Moose, both of Celina.
Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Richard R. Riedel officiating. Burial is at Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Clem J. Ebbing, 57, 3640 Ohio 219, Coldwater, who served as Mercer County Recorder from May to December 2000, died at 6:10 p.m. Oct. 17, 2001 at his residence following a two-month illness.
He was born Feb. 4, 1944, in Celina, to Edward and Velma (Puthoff) Ebbing. His mother survives in Coldwater. On Oct. 21, 1967, he married Elaine Evers and she survives.
Also surviving are a son and his wife, Edward and Michelle of Fort Recovery; a daughter and her husband, Jennifer and Kelly Perrault, Celina, and a daughter, Jill of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother and his wife, Stanley and Vicki Ebbing, Coldwater; and a sister and her husband, Joyce and Robert Baumeier, Coldwater.
He was a farmer and a crop insurance agent with American Agrisurance Inc. He retired as branch manager of Community First Bank in 2000. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis and Fraternal Order of Eagles, all of Coldwater; the Mercer County Cattleman's Association, Mercer County Fair Long-Range Planning Commission, Coldwater Eagles and the Mercer County Republican Party.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Fr. Ronald Wilker officiating. Burial is at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Mercer County Fair Building Fund.
Mary Jane Heckathorn
Mary Jane Heckathorn, 83, formerly of Monon and Fulton, Ind., died at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2001 at Monticello Health Care Center, Monticello, Ind.
She was born Nov. 18, 1917, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Jacob and Nannie (Lowe) Greenwald. On Sept. 10, 1934, she married Kenneth Dean Heckathorn and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Freddie K. and Merlee of Celina and Jerry D. and Maxine of Rochester, Ind.; a daughter and her husband, Penny and David Yeakley-Scott, Monon, Ind.; a brother and his wife, William and Betty Greenwald, Lafayette, Ind.; a sister, Bernice Thurber, Milwaukee, Wisc.; six grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Deceased are three grandchildren.
She had worked as a mail carrier at the Rochester Post Office for 20 years. She was a member of the Good Sam Club.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Good Funeral Home Inc., Rochester, Ind., the Rev. George Hapner officiating. Burial is at the International Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Fulton County United Ministry.
Charles Teeters Jr.
Charles Teeters Jr., 75, 215 S. Sugar St., Celina, died early today at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
He was born Dec. 10, 1925, in Wabash, to Charles T. and Mary J. (Wilson) Teeters. On June 28, 1947, he married Madella Mae Ashman and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Terry and Dorothy and Doug and Beth, all of Celina; one sister, Wanda Davis, Celina; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Kenneth, Orval and Eber Teeters, and two sisters, Crin Huffman and Grace Eller.
A retired City of Celina employee, he had also worked at Leffler Construction, Celina, and Matt's Redi Mix, Coldwater. He was a member of the Wabash Church of Christ, the Mercer County and Ohio Public Employee Retirees, Mercer County Coin Club and Mercer County Historical Society.
Services are 2 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina, the Revs. Lysle Schmidt and Wilton Hull officiating. Burial is at Swamp College Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.
L. Joseph Wendel
L. Joseph Wendel, 76, 07871 Ohio 219, Celina, died at 10:35 p.m. Oct. 16, 2001 at the Laurels of Shane Hill nursing home, Rockford.
He was born July 9, 1925, in Coldwater, to Sylvester and Lucille (Sommers) Wendel. On April 11, 1953, he married Joanne Hainline and she died May 24, 1981. On June 4, 1982, he married Louann Geier Frysinger, who survives.
Also surviving are two sons and their wives, Mark and Pam of St. Marys and John and Jenny of New Bremen; two daughters and their husbands, Julie and Tim Makley, New Knoxville, and Patti and Mike Folk, St. Marys, and a daughter, Theresa of Wolverine Lake, Mich.; a son-in-law, Tom Rye, Friendswood, Texas; a stepson, Tim Frysinger, Celina; a stepdaughter and her husband, Karen and Charlie Niekamp, Celina, and a stepdaughter, Pamela Frysinger, Cardington; two sisters and their husbands, Mildred and Ralph Bomholt and Jeannette and G. Edward Raughdabaugh, all of Celina, and a sister, Mary Ann Greaney, Celina; and 16 grandchildren.
Deceased are a daughter, Louise Rye; a brother, James Wendel; and a sister, Miriam Cartwright.
He retired as a plant security guard from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 391/2 years of service. He was a U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Montezuma, and the Holy Name Society.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. James Dugal officiating. The Holy Name Society will recite the rosary there beginning at 9:40 a.m. Burial will be at Gethsemane Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 3-8 p.m. Friday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association.