Harry L. "Bubbin" Taylor, 62, 105 Ohio St., St. Marys, died at 10:25 a.m. Jan. 3, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital in St. Marys.
He was born May 5, 1940, in St. Marys, to Fred and Ethel Ashbaugh Taylor. His mother survives in Wapakoneta. In January 1965, he married Katherine Steinbrunner, who survives.
Also surviving are a sister, Susan Dodson of St. Marys; and a brother, William (Carol) of Wapakoneta.
He was employed at the former Jaspersen Supply Co. in St. Marys, Steele's Automotive Supply in Lima and had been employed as a custodial worker at roadside rest areas through RT Industries in Troy. He attended Hillsdale United Brethren in Christ Church in St. Marys. He was a graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School and Griffith College.
Services are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home in St. Marys, the Rev. Al Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Memory Gardens, Moulton.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation.
Donald "Butch" Eugene Stetler, 64, Rockford, died at 4:20 a.m. Jan. 3, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert, due to natural causes
He was born Dec. 12, 1938, in Decatur, Ind., to Carl and Edith Kaywood Stetler. On April 29, 1960, he married Marvel Etzler, who survives.
Other survivors are two sons, Steve (Dawn) of Dayton and Tim (Heidi) of Willshire; a daughter, Deb (Mike) Lowry of Lima; a sister, Connie Sue (Albert) Heitkamp of Rockford; two brothers, Dick (Joan) of Rockford and Ron (Hope) of Fairfield; and five grandchildren.
He was an auctioneer and a township trustee. He was a member of Shanes Lodge 377 Free and Accepted Masons.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, the Rev. Randy Christian officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside cemetery in Rockford.
Calling is 3-9 p.m. Monday and prior to the service Tuesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the donor's choice.
Howard W. Grodey, 83, 314 E. State St., Botkins, died at 4:05 p.m. Jan. 3, 2003, at Sidney Care Center.
He was born March 8, 1919, to Benjamin Franklin and Sophia Christina Katterhinrich Grodey in Botkins.
On Nov. 8, 1945, he married Evelyn C. Kies and she died Aug. 3, 1973. On July 6, 1979, he married Esther M. Gallihugh and she died Oct. 25, 2002.
Survivors are two step-daughters, Rebecca (James) Harrass of Columbus and Nancy (Sam) Bernning of Botkins; a sister, Esther Dietz of Botkins; seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a stepson.
He was a truck driver with Provico Feed and Grain, retiring in 1980 after 40 years of service. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran and a member of Christ the King Church in Jackson Center.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday at Cromes Funeral Home in Sidney, the Rev. James Maxwell officiating. Burial will follow at Loramie Valley Cemetery in Botkins. Full military services will be held.
Calling is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to the Botkins Rescue Squad.
Celina native Mabel Ruth Purdy, 91, of Morrow, formerly of Cincinnati, died Jan. 2, 2003, at Loveland Health Care Center, Morrow.
She was born Oct. 11, 1911, in Celina, to Henry and Ethel Bryan Bobenmoyer. Her husband, Kenneth Earl Purdy, died in 1968.
Surviving are two sons, Kennth C. of Memphis, Tenn., and James E. of Osgood, Ind.; two daughters, Diana Mummert, Morrow, and Judy L. Wegener, Indianapolis, Ind.; a sister, Jean Hurst, Battle Creek, Mich.; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Ross Bobenmoyer, and two sisters, Vivian McEowen and Helen DiGinova.
She graduated from Celina High School and Miami Business College. She was a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and the College Hill Presbyterian Church.
Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday at Vale-Hoskins Funeral Home, Morrow, the Rev. Charles Roborts officiating. Burial will follow at Arlington Memorial Gardens, Cincinnati.
Calling is after 12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to Innovative Hospice Care, Vitas Hospice, Cincinnati.
Richard G. Shrider, 74, of Rockford, died at 8:05 p.m. Jan. 1, 2003 at Van Crest Nursing Home, Van Wert.
He was born April 21, 1928, in Sylvania, to Kenneth R. and Helen Kerns Shrider.
Surviving are three sons, Dudley (Charlotte) of Napoleon, Mike (Kathy) of Rockford, and Jeff (Sue) of Mendon; two sisters, Lillian (Bill) Scantlen, Perrysburg, and Jean Doyle, West Palm Beach, Fla.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He retired from Huffy's in Celina and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Rockford, the United States Trotting Association and the Mercer County Horsemen Association for the past 30 years.
Services are 1 p.m. Monday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Mike Berne officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday and after noon Monday at the funeral home.
Mike R. Fetters, 60, of Ohio City, died at 8:15 a.m. Jan. 1, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima. Death was due to cancer.
He was born April 4, 1942, in Mercer County, to Buck and Kathleen Ellis Fetters. They reside in Celina. On Feb. 14, 1990, he married Colleen Boyer and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, George (Candes) of Celina; two daughters, Cathy (Todd) Duff, Union City, and Karen (Butch) Adams, St. Marys; two sisters, Bev and Deb Fetters, both of Celina; two stepsons, Rob Zizelman and Marc (Joyce) Zizelman, both of Celina; three stepdaughters, Jamie (John) Henne, Dayton, Lisa Thompson, Celina, and Staci (Chris) Norris, Sidney; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Boyer, Ohio City; eight grandchildren, 11 stepgrandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. in St. Marys. He was a member of the Tri-State Gas Engine and Tractor Association, Buckeye Farm Antiques Inc. and the Fall Harvest Festival Association.
His body was donated to the Ohio State University College of Medicine. A memorial service is planned at a later date.
Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, handled arrangements.
Contributions can be made to Ohio City Emergency Medical Services and Ohio City Youth Activity.
James "Muscles" Hensley, 75, 105 Gas St., St. Marys, died at 11:40 a.m. Dec. 31, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys, following an extended illness.
He was born July 28, 1927, to Mayo Hensley and Rebecca Caudill Hensley Smallwood. The mother resides in St. Marys.
Surviving are six sons, Larry (Mary), James (Deb), Steve (Kathy) and Donald, all of St. Marys, and Thomas and Roger, both of Botkins; a daughter, Brenda (Mike) Price, Hagerstown, Md.; a brother, Alvie Smallwood, St. Marys; a sister, Anna Rose Dicke, Fort Smith, Ark.; 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Two brothers, Charles and Ivan Hensley, and a sister, Betty Jo Jurosic, are deceased.
He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, after 35 years of service. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9289, St. Marys.
Services are 11 a.m. Monday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.