David Kennedy Riley, 56, 903 Harbor Point Drive, Celina, died at 2:40 p.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Feb. 13, 1947, in Celina, to Roscoe David and Helen Kennedy Riley. On Aug. 17, 1968, he married Barbara Davis who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Ashley Brian of Owensboro, Ky.; a daughter, Elizabeth Marie (Erik) Riley-Newell, Celina; a sister, Margaret (Ned) Wertz, Dover; and a granddaughter.
He retired as CEO of Community First Bank in Celina, but remained chairman of the board. He also was past president of the Mercer County Civic Foundation, a board member of the Mercer and Van Wert County Visiting Nurses and a North Grove Cemetery Board member. He was a member of the Mercer County Sportsman Association, Mercer County Historical Society and Sons of the American Legion.
A 1965 graduate of Celina High School and a 1969 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Business and Finance, he had attended several banking schools.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina, Deacon Virgil Lochtefeld officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery.
Calling is 5-9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Lima Memorial Outpatient Dialysis Center in St. Marys or the Polycystic Kidney Disease Foundation.
Jesse Lee Searight
Jesse Lee Searight, 83, Celina, died at 3:24 p.m. Oct. 20, 2003, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born April 12, 1920, in Tama to James Edward and Bessie Jennie Gordon Searight. On Sept. 14, 1946, he married Mamie Josephine Nuding, who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Ron (Lisa) of Rockford; a daughter, Jean Ireland, Rockford; and two grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers, Frank, Forrest, Fred and Charles; three sisters, Gladys Murlin, Wilma Swander and Margarite Carr and one grandson.
He was a United States Army veteran of World War II and retired from the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after more than 35 years employment there. He was a member of Mount Tabor Church of God, Celina.
Services are 10 a.m. Thursday at the church, the Rev. Jim Keiser officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery, with the Celina Veterans of Foreign Wars conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, and after 9 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church, State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice or American Cancer Society.
Sue M. Slavik, 57, 516 W. North St., Coldwater, died at 3:23 p.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion, Ill. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born March 12, 1946, in East Orange, N.J., to William and Ruth Leuzarder Maier. Her mother survives in Topsham, Maine.
Also surviving are a son, Matt of New Knoxville; three daughters, Amy of Columbus, Beth (Aaron) Carstens, Dayton, and Megan of Coldwater; and a brother, Bill (Ellen) Maier, Bath, Maine.
She was family and community partnership manager at Mercer County Head Start. She had served as Coldwater Cuda head swim coach for 29 years, Celina High School head swim coach and Auglaize/Mercer Family YMCA swim coach.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Celina.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Contributions can be made to the Sue Slavik Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Richard J. "Dick" Barth, 60, 315 Cottonwood Drive, Celina, died at 8:05 a.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at Lima Memorial Hospital. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born Feb. 10, 1943, in Lima, to William J. and Marcella A. Buschor Barth.
Surviving are his former wife, Ruth Ann Teeters Barth, New Knoxville; a daughter, Christine Marie of Wapakoneta; three sisters, Patricia (Ned) Kuhn, Wapakoneta, Dorothy (Warren) Musser, Lima, and Virginia (Walter) Heitkamp, Payne; and two half sisters, Susan Sayers, Pennsville, N.J., and Judy Williams, Bloomington, Ill.
Deceased are twin brothers, William and Willard.
He retired from Midwest Electric, St. Marys, after 23 years of service. He attended Immaculate Conception High School and graduated from St. Joseph High School in Wapakoneta. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 76, Wapakoneta.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Celina, the Rev. Tom Brenberger officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Celina with military rites by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713.
Calling is 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
Arthur L. Bollenbacher, 85, 623 Maple St., Celina, died at 1:20 a.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 2, 1918, in Mercer County, to Fredrick V. and Elizabeth Bollenbacher Bollenbacher. On Dec. 8, 1946, he married Lois Zizelman who survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Myra Romime, Portland, Ind.; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a son-in-law, Robert Romime; two brothers, Morris and Homer; and two sisters, Matilda Gertz and Viola Kuhn.
He retired as a saleman at Sam Dixon Motor Sales after 35 years of service. He was a member of St. Pauls United Church of Christ, Rockford, and a life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, both of Celina. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to Celina Area Visiting Nurses & Hospice.
Edward L. Grunden, 66, of Van Wert, died at 4:50 a.m. Oct. 18, 2003, at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Van Wert.
He was born April 24, 1937, in Columbus Grove, to Cy and Isabel Hoover Grunden. On Dec. 2, 1956, he married Barbara Schmidt and she died Oct. 19, 1983. On Feb. 15, 1986, he married Shirley Gaerke and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Steven (Tammy) of Brooklyn and Gregory of Van Wert; a daughter, Lynne (Tony) Freeland, Van Wert; a stepson, Tim O'Sullivan, Iowa City, Iowa; two stepdaughters, Kathy O'Sullivan, Van Wert, and Kelly (Chris) Stemple, Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, James (Doris) of Summerfield, Fla., and Donald (Carol) of Freehold, N.J.; a half sister, Sue Grunden, Lima; and two grandchildren.
He had worked 18 years at Dana Weatherhead Corp., Antwerp, and for several Van Wert area companies. He was self employed in heating, ventilation and air conditioning for 40 years. He was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, the Loyal and Protective Order of Moose and the YMCA, all of Van Wert. He attended Assumption Catholic Church, also of Van Wert.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.
Calling is 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the YMCA or the American Cancer Society.
Esther A. Rethman, 69, 2168 Buckeye St., Maria Stein, died at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton.
She was born Jan. 19, 1934, in St. Rose, to Anthony and Clara Evers Schoenlein. On June 29, 1955, she married Walter A. Rethman who died Oct. 19, 2000.
Surviving are a son, Roger (Denise) of Maria Stein; six daughters, Karen (Morris) Bensman and Joan (Chuck) Rutschilling, all of St. Henry, Marilyn (Mike) Knapke, Portland, Ind., Bonnie (Chuck) Niswonger, Lebanon, Lisa (Kevin) Drees, Versailles, and Lori of Maria Stein; 16 grandchildren and a stepgreat-grandchild.
Other survivors include two sisters, Mary Rutschilling, Minster, and Alfrieda (Lavern) Wolters, Coldwater; and two sisters-in-law, Ruth Schoenlein, St. Henry, and Rita Schoenlein, St. Rose.
Four brothers are deceased.
She was a member of St. John Catholic Church and the Ladies Sodality, both of Maria Stein.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Schroeder officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Patricia Ann Timmerman, 68, 414 W. Main St., Coldwater, died at 10:10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2003, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
She was born July 15, 1935, in Dayton, to Clarence and Pauline York Watren. On June 30, 1965, she married Clarence Timmerman who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Dave (Sandy) of Celina; a daughter, Barb (Larry) Cattell, Ocean Springs, Miss.; two brothers, Paul Watren, San Antonio, Texas, and Tom (Charlene) Watren, Versailles; a sister, Mary (Don) Prenger, Maria Stein; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She retired from Hemmelgarn Egg Plant in Philothea. She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, both of Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Dorn officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Urban J. Winner, 83, 11875 Conover Road, Versailles, died at 1:15 a.m. Oct. 19, 2003, at Versailles Health Care Center.
He was born July 26, 1920, in Fort Loramie, to Joseph A. and Anna E. Schulze Winner. On Oct. 16, 1948, he married Rita A. Muller who survives.
Also surviving are three sisters, Rita A. Holthaus and Joan (Ralph) Holdheide, all of Fort Loramie, and Mildred D. Prenger, Coldwater; and numerous nephews and nieces.
Deceased are an infant brother and two brothers-in-law, Greg Holthaus and Leonard Prenger.
He was a farmer and a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Frenchtown. He served under Gen. George Patton with the Third Army in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
Contributions can be made to the Versailles Life Squad.
Mary L. Wolfe, 80, formerly of Neptune, died at 7:20 p.m. Oct. 18, 2003, at Celina Manor Nursing Home.
She was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Bluffton, Ind., to Russell and Mary Brown Clanin. In 1945, she married Audrey Alberson who is deceased. On April 18, 1953, she married Harry T. Wolfe who survives.
Also surviving are three sons, Russell (Kara) Alberson, Fort Wayne, Ind., Rodney Wolfe, Geneva, Ind., and Charles Wolfe, Neptune; seven daughters, Connie Alberson, Spencerville, Sandra Copeland, Lima, Deborah (J.R.) Ordonia, Accilles, Va., Pam Mullet and Cynthia Baker, both of Cridersville, Mary Mullet, Coldwater, and Cheryl (Chris) Coppler, Willshire; 24 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include two brothers, F. Gene and William Clanin, both of Bluffton, and five sisters, Lonnie Hacha, Nancy Bailey and Joyce Clanin, all of Bluffton, Helen Adams, Texas, and Janet Pinkerton, Arkansas.
A brother and three sisters are deceased.
She was a homemaker.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina. Burial will follow at North Grove Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association and the Ohio Valley Affiliate of the American Heart Association.