Former Mercer County resident Bill G. Cunningham, 71, 1115 Inverness Drive, Findlay, died at 3:35 a.m. Nov. 30, 2002, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center, Findlay.
He was born Nov. 3, 1931, in Fountain City, Ind., to King T. and Helen I. Myers Cunningham. His mother survives in Attica, Ind. On Aug. 13, 1970, he married Martha J. Kendall Cooper and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Steven S. of Conyers, Ga.; two daughters, Terry Millon and Lori (Marc) Saldana, both of Harlingen, Texas; a brother, Mike of Veedersburg, Ind; one sister, Myrna (Charles) Boggs, also of Veedersburg; eight grandchildren, one stepgrandson and four great-grandchildren.
Deceased are an infant son, Billy King; a stepdaughter, Carol Lynn (Cooper) Martin; and a sister, Sharon Allen.
He retired as a supervisor at Whirlpool in 1988. He also had worked part time at Hillcrest Golf Course, Findlay. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a member of College First Church of God and Friendship Sunday School Class, both of Findlay, the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion, both of North Baltimore.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Findlay church, the Rev. William H. Reist officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, Findlay, and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the church, Bridge Home Health & Hospice or Winebrenner Theological Seminary, all of Findlay.
Geneva L. Davis, 81, 243 S. Wayne St., St. Marys, died at 2:20 a.m. Dec. 1, 2002, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys.
She was born July 16, 1921, in Pruden, Tenn., to Elvin and Mary Adkins Orick. On May 11, 1940, she married Willie Davis and he died March 26, 1996.
Surviving are two daughters, Opal (John) Schaefer and Brenda (Tom) Wiss, both of St. Marys; a son, the Rev. Elmer (Peg) of St. Marys; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, three stepgreat-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.
Other survivors include two brothers, Charles Orick and Verlin Orick, and four sisters, Pearl Walker, Evelyn Teague, Reatha (Don) Schell and Judy Beagle, all of St. Marys.
Deceased are a son, Michael; three brothers, Clyde, Hubert and Earl Orick; a sister, Hannah Orick; and a great-grandson.
She was a homemaker and member of the Church of God.
Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Miller-Long & Folk Funeral Home, St. Marys, the Rev. Elmer Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Michael Rice Jr.
Michael T. Rice Jr., 34, of Queens, N.Y., died at 7 p.m. Nov. 28, 2002, at a hospital in Bronx, N.Y., of an acute heroin overdose.
He was born Nov. 23, 1968, in Flushing, N.Y., to Michael T. and Barbara Hughes Rice. They survive.
Also surviving are a daughter, Cheyenne Takoda, Queens, N.Y.; two brothers, Robert J. of Bronx, and Sean P. of Celina; and a sister, Donna (Lawrence) Cumiskey, Big Pine Key, Fla.
A 1986 graduate of Bayside High School in Queens, he had served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Barney. He was employed as a boilerman for the New York City Board of Education. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brewster, N.Y.
Funeral Mass is 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church. Burial will follow at Old Southeast Cemetery, Brewster.
Calling is 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today at Beecher Funeral Home, Brewster.
Irene A. Ruschau, 85, 312 Park Blvd., Versailles, died at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 30, 2002, at Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
She was born Nov. 6, 1917, in Cassella, to Edward and Rosalia Bertke Heitkamp. On Oct. 28, 1939, she married Marinus W. Ruschau and he survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Robert (Joan) of Versailles and Allen (Carol) of Tipp City; three daughters, Carolyn (Joe) Steiger, Zanesville, Donna Phillips, Rochester, N.Y., and Cindy (Richard) Sowell, Lambertville, Mich.; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include two brothers, David (Thecla) Heitkamp, Maria Stein, and Dennis (Rita) Heitkamp, New Bremen; and four sisters, Alvira Schoenlein, St. Marys, Velma Bruns, Maria Stein, Junita Steinbrunner, Fort Recovery, and Alberta (Dave) Hackemoeller, Minster.
Deceased are two brothers, Lloyd and Norbert Heitkamp; three brothers-in-law, Herb Schoenlein, Clarence Bruns and Carl Steinbrunner; and a sister-in-law, Mary Heitkamp.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Denis Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella, both of Versailles.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church, the Rev. David Vincent officiating. Burial will follow at St. Valbert Cemetery, Versailles.
Calling is 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Bailey Funeral Home, Versailles. The Daughters of Isabella will conduct a prayer service there at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Former Mercer County resident Dolores "Dee" Schlosser, 85, 720 Tahlequah St., Vinita, Okla., died Nov. 30, 2002, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 8, 1917, to Ferd and Cecelia WeyerMoorman. Joe Schlosser, her husband of 61 years, survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Mike (Polly) of Texas and John (JoAnn) of Oklahoma; a daughter, Mary Joan Keener, Connecticut; two brothers, Kenneth Moorman, Florida, and Edgar Moorman, Coldwater; a sister, Alberta Eckstein, Celina; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Deceased are four brothers, Sylvester, Wilfred, Art and Anthony, and a sister, Virgene.
A registered nurse, she received her nursing degree from Ball State University at Muncie, Ind., and pursued graduate studies in psychiatric nursing from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. She worked at the former Gibbons Hospital in Celina, City Hospital, Craig General Hospital and as director of nursing education at Eastern State Hospital until her retirement in 1980. She also did volunteer work for the American Red Cross, Craig General Hospital and Eastern State Hospital.
She was a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, the Women's Club, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Laureate Theta Chapter, the National Nursing Association and the Oklahoma Nursing Association. She also held numerous offices in the Regional Nursing Association.
Services are Thursday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the American Red Cross.
Eloise Van Fleet
Former Rockford resident Eloise Janet Van Fleet, 84, of Fullerton, Calif., died Nov. 28, 2002, at Regent Care Center in San Antonio, Texas.
She was born Dec. 30, 1918, in Continental, to John Hathorn and Cora Schey. Her husband, Robert L. Van Fleet, died in 1963.
Surviving are two sons, John M. (Peggy) of San Antonio, and Robert Charles (Cindy) of Eureka, Calif.; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Two sisters, Mabel Hardin and Pauline Abbott, are deceased.
She was a housewife and a member of Rockford Presbyterian Church, where she had served as choir director and organist. She also was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and Rockford Bridge Club.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home, Rockford, the Rev. Karen Long officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Rockford.
Calling is 5-8 p.m. Tuesday and after 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Daniel Lee Beckstedt, 51, 1509 Westbury Drive, Celina, died at 1:20 p.m. Dec. 29, 2003, at Joint Township District Memorial Hospital, St. Marys. Death was due to natural causes.
He was born March 18, 1952, in Celina, to Ralph and Marge Klopfleisch Beckstedt. They survive in Celina. On June 29, 1974, he married Luanne Louise Barber who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Ryan (Jodi) of Sommerset and Eric of Lewis Center; a brother, Gary (Kim) of Celina; a sister, Becky (Dennis) Rolfes, Celina; and his mother-in-law, Henrietta Barber, St. Marys.
Deceased are a sister, Peggy, and his father-in-law, Harry Barber.
He was employed as a press operator at Pax Machine, Celina. A 1970 graduate of Celina High School, he was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Sons of American Legion Post 210 and the Loyal Order of Moose 1473, all of Celina.
Services are 10 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church.
Contributions can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Association.
Grant J. Cook, 76, 532 E. Wayne St., Celina, died Dec. 30, 2003, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born Jan. 7, 1927, in Rockford, to Grant Sr. and Lena Snyder Cook. On June 17, 1950, he married Betty Wehrkamp who survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Douglas (Alice) and Steve (Sue), and a daughter, Sharon Reineke, all of Celina; five brothers, Carl (Dorothy) and Bob (Cinda), all of Celina, Don (Sharon) of Columbus, Ben (Kathy) of Napoleon, and Clark (Mary Alice) of Sidney; four sisters, Katie Crider and Elizabeth Frushour, both of Bowling Green, Sally (Jack) Conley, Dayton, and Becky (Dan) Dunbauld, Zionsville, Ind.; and four grandchildren.
A son, Denny, is deceased.
He retired as Celina postmaster and served eight years as Jefferson Township clerk. A 1944 graduate of Celina High School, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a life member of Knights of Columbus Council 1800, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713 and American Legion Post 210, all of Celina. He also was past president of the Ohio Postmasters Association and a member of the Ohio Clerks Association, Ohio Township Association, the National Association of Postmasters and the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Services are 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Richard Riedel officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Friday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the church endowment fund.
Joseph Donnerberg, 72, 02234 Greenville Road, St. Marys, died at 5:23 p.m. Dec. 30, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Miller Funeral Home, St. Marys.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
R. Michael Loughridge
Celina native R. Michael "Mike" Loughridge, 49, 819 Key St., Houston, Texas, died at 11:25 a.m. Dec. 25, 2003, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston. Death was due to cancer.
He was born Sept. 10, 1954, in Celina, to Jerry and Ruth Pearson Loughridge. They survive in Celina.
Also surviving are a brother, Patrick (Beth) of Norwalk, and a sister, Jeannie (Ron) Smalley, Celina.
He worked in tool engineering at NextiraOne and formerly worked at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., St. Marys, and Ford Motor Co., Lima. A 1972 graduate of Celina High School, he attended Wright State University for two years and was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiating. Burial will be at North Grove Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Mercer County.
R. Michael Loughridge
Services for R. Michael "Mike" Loughridge were Jan. 3, 2004, at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, Celina, the Rev. Robert Metheny officiated. Organist was Carol Zimmerman and Beth Loughridge was soloist.
Pallbearers to North Grove Cemetery, Celina, were Steve Grimes, Mike Seibert, Tim Robinson, Bill Boze, Steve Blakely, Tom and Jerry Loughridge and Ron Smalley.
Lehman Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.