Lester J. Wynk, 74, 42 N. South St., Osgood, died at 9:05 p.m. Feb. 3, 2004, at Briarwood Manor Nursing Home, Coldwater.
He was born Jan. 25, 1930, in Montezuma, to John and Catherine Stueve Wynk. His first wife, the former Wilma Bellert, is deceased. On May 14, 1964, he married Wilma Studer Bergman and she survives.
Also surviving are a son, Kenneth (Margo) of Coldwater; a daughter, Janet (Chuck) Kemper, Crestline; five stepsons, David (Mary) Bergman, North Star, Daniel (Donna) Bergman, Florida, Patrick (Marilyn) Bergman, Versailles, Mark Bergman, Osgood, and Carl (Karen) Bergman, Coldwater; a stepdaughter, Mary (Gary) Reinhart, Coldwater; and 21 grandchildren.
Other survivors include a brother, Elmer (Jean) of St. Sebastian; a sister, Lorena (Othmar) Reichert, St. Rose; three brothers-in-law, Richard (Betty) Bellert, Minnesota, Alvin (Alice) Bellert, Dayton, and Paul Studer, Celina; and four sisters-in-law, Freda (Ray) Beaver, Pennsylvania, Rita Wynk, Carthagena, Dorothy Wilker, Montezuma, and Jeanette Studer, Dayton.
Deceased are four children, Mary, Karen, Joseph and Anthony Wynk; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Dorothy.
He was a farmer and a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the American Legion, both of North Star, and the Loyal Order of Moose, Celina.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, the Rev. David Zink officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 1-8 p.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater, and 9-10:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.
Osgood native Vernon "Morrie" Frey, 77, 17 Elm St., Fort Loramie, died at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 2004, at Heritage Manor Nursing Center, Minster.
He was born Feb. 5, 1926, in Osgood, to Joseph and Cecelia Bruening Frey. On May 15, 1951, he married Juliana Schlater who survives.
Also surviving are a son, Rex (Louise) of Fort Loramie; a daughter, Patrice (Kevin) Muhlenkamp, Egypt; one brother, Walter (Bernice) of Osgood; five sisters, Dorothy (Herbert) Hoying, Sidney, Marian (Walter) Braun and Betty Ann (Cyril) Overman, all of Maria Stein, Marilyn (Don) Homan, Coldwater, and Alberta (Willard) Bruns, St. Sebastian; and six grandchildren.
Two brothers and a sister are deceased.
A retired barber, he served as Fort Loramie Police chief for 21 years and Fort Loramie fire chief for 12 years. He was instrumental in starting the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad in 1975 and served as chief for 10 years. He also was instrumental in organizing Shelby County Veterans Services and served on Fort Loramie Village Council for seven years.
He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, the Men's Society of the church and the Booster Club, all of Fort Loramie, the Newport Sportsmen Club, Minster Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 1391, the National Federation of Police and Miami Valley Council Boy Scouts of America Troop 355. He was a Second District American Legion Hall of Fame inductee, a charter member of Fort Loramie Kiwanis and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Steven Shoup officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery with the American Legion conducting military rites.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-10 a.m. Friday at Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Minster.
Contributions can be made to the Fort Loramie Rescue Squad and Fort Loramie Fire Department.
Ronald E. Gallaway, 81, of Ohio City, died at 5:15 p.m. Feb. 2, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
He was born May 16, 1922, in Van Wert County, to Lawrence and Elfie Tindall Gallaway.
Surviving are two sons, James (Sue) of Convoy and Terry J. (Brenda) of Ohio City; a daughter, Mary of Ohio City; three sisters-in-law, Flo Gallaway, Claribel Gallaway and Rosemary Gallaway; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
Deceased are a son, Larry, and three brothers, Carl, Glenn and Doyt.
He owned and operated Gallaway Grain and Gallaway Transport, both of Ohio City. He also was a Van Wert County farmer.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Friday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert. Burial will be at a later date.
Calling is 1-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to St. Rita's Medical Center.
Robert F. "Shorty" Post, 75, 726 Skeels Road, Celina, died at 3:44 p.m. Feb. 3, 2004, at Mercer County Community Hospital, Coldwater.
He was born Jan. 2, 1929, in Celina, to William and Antoinette Beutle Post. On Oct. 16, 1954, he married Lucille Kunk, who died April, 17,1995.
Surviving are a son, Ron (Linda) of Celina; three daughters, Pat (Randy) Burden, Linda Post and Joyce (Bruce) Wendel, all of Celina; four brothers, Harold (Mary Margaret), Thomas (Ann) and Richard (Rosie), all of Celina, and Donald (Mary Ann) of Coldwater; a sister, Alice (Urban) Grevenkamp, Celina; two sisters-in-law, Opal Post and Yvonne Post, both of Celina; and six grandchildren.
Deceased are three brothers, Ralph, William and Urban.
He retired from the former Mersman Furniture Co. and farming. He was a member of the St. Anthony Catholic Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6515, Fort Recovery, and American Legion Post 470, Coldwater. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Funeral Mass is 10:30 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Kenneth Alt officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at the church cemetery.
Calling is 2-8 p.m. Thursday and 9-9:45 a.m. Friday at Brockman & Boeckman Funeral Home, Fort Recovery. A prayer service will be held there at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
Former Celina resident Marie R. Smith, 94, of Greenville, died Feb. 2, 2004, at her residence.
She was born April 3, 1909, in Frenchtown, to Nicholas and Justine Mathew Frantz. On Nov. 24, 1932, she married Carl W. Smith who died Jan. 19, 1987. Her second husband, Robert Jackson, is also deceased.
Surviving are two daughters, Charlene (Rod) Applegate, Greenville, and Caroline (George) Bennett, no town listed; a brother-in-law, Francis (Anna Margaret) Smith, Celina; a grandson and a great-grandson.
Deceased are a stepson, Kenny Jackson; a brother, Elmer Frantz; and three sisters, Ella (Roy) Baltes, Elizabeth (Clarence) Grilliot and Theresa (Bernard) Busse.
She initially worked at the Buckeye Overall factory in Versailles before attending beauty school in Cincinnati and opening beauty shops in Celina and Anderson, Ind. She later attended candymaking classes in Chicago and established Marie Smith Candy, a company she operated in Greenville for 52 years.
Funeral Mass is 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. John R. White officiating. Burial will follow at St. Marys Catholic Cemetery, Celina.
Calling is 4:30-7 p.m. Thursday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville. A prayer service will be held there at 4 p.m. with the Rosary Altar Society reciting the rosary at 6:45 p.m.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice, Greenville Area Rescue Squad, Greenville Animal Shelter, Darke County Humane Society, the Greenville church or Fort Jefferson United Methodist Church.
Former Celina resident Lois H. Squire, 75, of St. Petersburg, Fla., died Feb. 1, 2004, at Bell Air East Nursing Home, Clearwater, Fla.
She was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Rockford, to Buress and Leona Becher McBride. Her husband, George Squire, is deceased.
Surviving are a son, G. Roger (Dee) of Orlando, Fla.; four daughters, Sharon (Lonnie) Gresley, Kenneth City, Fla., Deborah (Todd) Smith, Coldwater, Darlene (Glenn) Gierhart, Miamisburg, and Marlene (Mark) Springer, Celina; a brother, Leland (Clara) McBride, Celina; 18 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Celina.
Services are 11 a.m. Friday at the church, the Rev. Donald I. Ramsey officiating.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Lehman Funeral Home, Celina.
Contributions can be made to the West Central Ohio Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association or the Celina Area Visiting Nurses.
Jessie Krugh Brewer Hill, 95, formerly of Celina, died at 9 p.m. Feb. 1, 2004, at The Laurels of Shane Hill, Rockford.
She was born Sept. 17, 1908, in Mendon, to M.O. and Minnie Johnson Krugh.
Surviving are a son, Ronald J. (Virginia) Brewer, Celina; two daughters, Gloria (Meredith) Brewer Vantilburg, Kenosha, Wis., and Marilyn Hill Shinn, Celina; a sister, Mildred Fox, Bryan; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Deceased are a brother, Lawrence Krugh, and four sisters, Hazel Moggs, Lucille Fisher, Rhea Krugh and Josephine Goodwin.
She retired from the Mercer County Welfare Department in 1973 and also worked at Production Credit in Celina. She was a 1927 graduate of Celina High School and a member of St. Pauls United Methodist Church.
Services are 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cisco Funeral Home, Celina, the Rev. Kathleen Hayes officiating. Burial will follow at Tomlinson Cemetery.
Calling is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Contributions can be made to State of the Heart Home Health & Hospice.