Mercer County native Omer B. Bruns, 63, Butler Township, Dayton, died Jan. 3, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton.
He was born Jan. 19, 1939, in Mercer County, to Elmer and Luella Meier Bruns.
Surviving with Jeanette, his wife of 43 years, are three sons, Keith (Lori) of Tipp City, Ron (Beth) of Chicago, Ill., and David (Jennifer) of Kettering; a daughter, Lisa (David) O'Hanian, Ann Arbor, Mich.; six brothers, Willy and Dennis of Celina, Gene and John of Maria Stein, Lavern of St. Henry, and Mark of Fort Recovery; three sisters, Evelyn Bensman, Anna, Mary (Paul) Gagel, Maria Stein, and Lois Kremer, Fort Recovery; 10 grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
He was employed at Captor Corp. He was a member of Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, where he was a Eucharistic minister, three-time president of the parish council, a member of the parish finance committee for 20 years, a member of the Building Fund-Raising Committee and a member of the Parish Athletic Committee. He also was a member of Knights of Columbus Marion Council 3754.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Dayton.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. today at George C. Martin Funeral Home, Northridge Chapel, Dayton. Prayers will be offered there at 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Contributions can be made to the church.
Jeff R. Davis, 66, 507 W. Market St., Rockford, died Jan. 3, 2003, at his residence following a lengthy illness.
He was born July 30, 1936, in Pleasant View, Ky., to Andrew Jackson and Mary D. Caddell Davis. On May 27, 1978, he married Mary Jane Clink and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Jeffery R. of Celina; a stepson, Timothy Errett, Sandusky; two daughters, Sherry Abson, Walkerville, Mich., and Jodi of Painesville; a stepdaughter, Debora (Larry) Kramer, Van Wert; a brother, Lawrence of Geneva, Ind.; two sisters, Rhoda Hudson, Portland, Ind., and Kathleen (Charles) Ridenour, Fair Oaks, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A U.S. Army veteran, he had been employed as a welder with Boiler Makers Union #85 in Rossford for 39 years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Munice, Ind.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Portland, Ind., Chapel of Williamson and Spencer Funeral Homes Inc., the Rev. Robert Loar officiating. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery West, Bryant, Ind., with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 211.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Mercer/Darke County Hospice.
Pamala Joe Ford, 50, 224 E. Main St., Gettysburg, died at 4:05 a.m. Jan. 4 at Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton. Death was due to natural causes.
She was born July 31, 1952, in Greenville, to Robert C. and Joan Dynes Ford. Her mother survives in Greenville.
Also surviving are four uncles, James Dynes, Bob (Jane) Dynes, Lewis (Mary) Dynes and Gene Ford; and four aunts, Jackie Balfour of Celina, Joan Fitzsimmons, Dolores Dynes and Eva Dynes.
Deceased are four uncles, Walter Dynes, J.W. Dynes, Tom Ford and Robert Norse; and two aunts, Maxine Norse and Dorothy Dynes.
She was a corrections officer with the Darke County Sheriff's Office. She was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary and the Loyal Order of Moose Auxiliary, both of Greenville, and the Fraternal Order of Police.
Services are 2 p.m. Wednesday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, the Rev. Sonny Petty officiating. Burial will follow at Greenville Township Memorial Gardens.
Calling is 4-6 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Darke County Cancer Society.
Paul M. Goubeaux, 68, of Versailles, died at 11:32 p.m. Jan. 3, 2003, at Wilson Memorial Hospital, Sidney.
He was born April 23, 1934, in Versailles, to Martin and Bernadette Francis Goubeaux. On Aug. 27, 1960, he married Evelyn Eischen and she survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Michael of Versailles and Dale (Brenda) of Russia; a daughter, Carol (Charles) Kunkler, Fort Loramie; a brother, Joseph of Russia; two sisters, Zita (Louis) Fullenkamp, St. Henry, and Sister Rosemary Goubeaux, Dayton; and four grandchildren.
Two sisters, Adeline Riethman and Jean Goubeaux, are deceased.
He was a Darke County dairy farmer and a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, both of Versailles; Darke County Farm Bureau, Minster Farmers Cooperative Inc., Fort Recovery Equity Exchange and Darke County Right to Life. He had served in the Ohio National Guard and was president of the Russia High School Class of 1952.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and after 11:30 a.m. Friday at Bailey Zechar Funeral Home, Versailles.
Contributions can be made to Darke County Right to Life.
Paul H. Hausfeld, 82, 403 S. Market St., Coldwater, died Jan. 3, 2002, at Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Coldwater, to Edward and Mary Neumeier Hausfeld. On June 3, 1944, he married Elizabeth Gilliam and she died Sept. 8, 2000.
Surviving are two sons, Keith (Cherie) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Michael (Maureen) of Dublin; a daughter, June (Ray) Opp, Union City, Ind.; two sisters, Rita (Jim) Bonifas, Coldwater, and Ruth (Joe) McDonald, Celina; and seven grandchildren.
Deceased are five brothers, Ben, Louis, Linus, Adolph and James.
He retired from the former Pet Milk Co. in Coldwater after 43 years of service. He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Coldwater.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. Thomas Mannebach officiating. Burial will follow at St. Elizabeth Cemetery, Coldwater.
Calling is 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Sharon "Sherry" Eileen Heitkamp, 57, of Union City, Ind., died Jan. 4, 2003, in Portland, Ind. Death was due to right lobar pneumonia, according to a spokesman for the Jay County Coroner.
She was born May 19, 1945, in Cincinnati, to Ralph and Mildred Besecker Pound.
Surviving are a son, Matthew of Coldwater; two daughters, Annette (Jim) Bertke, New Bremen, and Christa of Fairborn; two sisters, Pat (Bill) Corzatt, Englewood, and Micki of Troy; and three grandchildren.
A sister, Sheila, is deceased.
She was a hairdresser and a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Union City, and the Loyal Order of the Moose, Portland, Ind.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery, Versailles.
Calling is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Gladys C. Gray, 82, 310 Beaver St., Celina, died at 7:10 p.m. Jan. 2, 2003, at Community Hospital in Coldwater.
She was born April 15, 1920, in Celina, to Ralph and Irene Wehrkamp Gray.
Survivors are two brothers, Gerald (Dorothy) and Thomas (Esther), both of Celina.
She had worked as a secretary for Carroll Stubbs Insurance Agency, and during World War II at the selective service board. She retired in 2002 after many years of service at The Daily Standard. She graduated from Immaculate Conception High School in 1938 and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church.
There will be no visitation. Her body will be cremated and burial will be at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery in Celina at the convenience of the family.
Contributions can be made to the Gladys Gray Scholarship Fund through the Mercer County Civic Foundation.