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Thomas M. O'Brien
Oct. 12, 1947 - July 15, 2002
Thomas M. O'Brien, 54, of Lima, died 12:23 p.m. July 15 at his residence. He was born Oct. 12, 1947, in Lima to John M. and Louise C. (Lory) O'Brien. On Nov. 25, 1972, he married Dianne E. Smith, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include a son, Shawn O'Brien of Lima; a daughter, Stacie (Nathan) Avery of Harrod; a stepdaughter, Nancy A. (William) Swisher of Bluffton; three sisters, Jane A. (Wayne) Hites of Lima, Susan E. (Ned) Rhoades of Shawnee and Mary L. (Gerald) Panzer of Lemont, Ill.; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Edward O'Brien. Mr. O'Brien retired in 1999 from the Lima Fire Department as a fire inspector and has since been employed by the Division of State Fire Marshal Code Enforcement Bureau as a field inspector. He was also co-owner of the Village Cafe in Cridersville from 1978 to 1985. He was a 1965 graduate of Lima Central Catholic, a 1978 graduate of the paramedics program at Lima Technical College and a 1994 graduate of Allen Lima Leadership Citizens Law Enforcement Academy. He was a member of the Family of Faith United Methodist Church, the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 334 having served as secretary, trustee and steward, Police and Fire Retirees of Ohio, Lima Sabres Association, Lima Elks Lodge 54, and the Northwest Ohio Fire Prevention Association where he was past president. He was a past Scout Master of Bath Troop 82, served on study circles and neighborhood impact coordination committees, was on the Ohio Fire Chiefs Code Change Committee and served as past president of the Ohio Fire Officials Association, was on the West Central Ohio Safety Council and was a city representative for Battle of the Businesses for several years. Graveside services will be noon Friday at Memorial Park Mausoleum, the Rev. David M. Ross officiating, with military graveside services conducted by VFW Post 1275. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10-11 a.m. Friday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima. Preferred memorials are to Friends of Scouting or the American Cancer Association.

Howard C. Miller
April 2, 1915 - July 15, 2002
Howard C. Miller, 87, formerly of Spencerville, died 5:15 p.m. July 15 at the home of his daughter in Elizabeth, Colo. He was born April 2, 1915, in Salem Township, Auglaize County, to William E. "W.E." and Caroline Christine "Tina" (Henne) Miller. On April 20, 1944, he married Leah H. Harney, who survives in Elizabeth. Survivors also include two daughters, Irma L. Kinsel of Walled Lake, Mich., and Janet M. (Jerry) Matamales of Elizabeth; two sisters, Bernice Settlemire of Cridersville and Lois (William) Engle of St. Marys; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Ray Miller; and a sister, Marie Wright. Mr. Miller retired in 1981 from Standard Oil's SOHIO refinery in Lima after 30 years in the machinist department. He also served four terms on the Spencerville Village Council. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Spencerville, where he was also a trustee. He was in the U.S. Army serving during World War II in Patton's 3rd Army Division in Europe and was a life member of the Bowersock Brothers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6772. He was also a member of the Wapakoneta Eagles Lodge, Aerie 691 and a 1934 graduate of Spencerville High School. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Revs. Mike Swanton and John Medaugh officiating. Burial will be in Spencerville Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by VFW Post 6772 and the Harry J. Reynolds American Legion Post 191. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Isabelle Timmons
Funeral services for Isabelle (Amstutz) Timmons, 79, of Lima, who died 4 a.m. July 14 at Richland Manor Nursing Home, will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, the Rev. Mel Hathaway officiating. Burial will be in Salem Mennonite Cemetery, Elida. She was born May 15, 1923, in Lima to Lee and Zelma (Tate) Amstutz. On March 29, 1952, she married William D. Timmons, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Stephen (Patricia) Timmons of Grayslake, Ill; two daughters, Barbara Bame of Elida and Jenifer (Mark) Hahn of Deshler; three sisters, Rose Miller of Toms River, N.J., Alice Downing of Sykesvile, Md., and Geneva Frey of Pandora; six grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Theron Amstutz and Lester Amstutz; and a sister, Leo Mae Mumaugh. Mrs. Timmons had worked at St. Rita's Medical Center and as an assistant credit manager. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church, Elida, and the Lima Veterans of Foreign Wars Post Auxiliary. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Parkinson's Foundation.

Melvin Ebbeskotte
Nov. 11, 1916 - July 14, 2002
Melvin R. Ebbeskotte, 85, of Delphos, died 10:30 p.m. July 14 at Vancrest Health Care Center. He was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Fort Jennings to Joseph and Theresia (Stegeman) Ebbeskotte. On Sept. 8, 1937, he married Helen (Fischer) Ebbeskotte, who survives in Delphos. Survivors also include three daughters, Karen (Don) Neal of Blue Grass, Iowa, Louise Meyers of Dublin and Janet (Dave) Metzger of Delphos; five sons, Leonard (Joan) Ebbeskotte of Ottawa, Norbert (Sondra) Ebbeskotte of Delphos, Vincent (Carolyn) Ebbeskotte of Big Canoe, Ga., Keith (Rita) Ebbeskotte of Midlothian, Va., and Louis (Barb) Ebbeskotte of Venedocia; a sister, Mary Trentman of Spencerville; 25 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Harold Ebbeskotte; two sisters, Marcella "Sally" Kaverman and Angie Ebbeskotte; and a grandson, Brandon Ebbeskotte. Mr. Ebbeskotte was a lifetime farmer raising purebred Hampshire hogs. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a lifetime member of the Ohio Hampshire Association and was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Swine Hall of Fame in 1996. Mass of Christian burial will be 10 am. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, where a parish wake will be at 8:30 p.m. Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association or donor's choice.

John McDorman Jr.
Sept. 26, 1940 - July 11, 2002
Funeral services for John McDorman Jr., 61, of Lima, who died 11:07 p.m. July 11 at Lima Memorial Hospital, were held today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, the Rev. Wanda Werking officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lima. He was born Sept. 26, 1940 in Lima, to John H. and Mary (Barber) McDorman Sr. His mother survives. Survivors also include a son, Michael (Susan) McDorman of Bourbonnais, Ill.; three daughters, Michelle (Johnny) Elchert of Cridersville, Kathy (Joel) Wade of Forest, N.C., and Kelly (Douglas) Catlett of Delphos; two brothers, David McDorman of Elida and Craig McDorman of St. Marys; two sisters, Patricia Barrick of Toledo and Barbara Wedertz of Kenton; companion Sally Hawkins of Ada; former wife, Janice (Kraft) McDorman of Lima; and 14 grandchildren. Preferred memorials are to the family.

Treva Sanders
Oct. 12, 1927 - July 13, 2002
Treva Sanders, 74, of Delphos, died 4:25 p.m. July 13 at her residence. She was born Oct. 12, 1927 in Allen County, to Ben and Esther (Wert) Metcalfe. On Nov. 3, 1945, she married Gilbert Sanders, who died in 1995. Survivors include seven daughters, Sharon (John) Johnson of Columbus Grove, Karen (Bill) Fosburgh of Spencerville, Rebecca (Paul) Richardson of Delphos, Sandra (Dave) Diehl of Defiance, Christina (Michael) Kimmet of Ottoville, Janice (Bill) Romes of Fort Jennings and Lori (Gary) Romes of Middle Point; two sons, Wesley (Kay) Sanders of Maria Stein and Doug (Amy) Sanders of Delphos; a brother, Blaine Metcalfe of Borden, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Metcalfe; and 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two infant sons; long-time companion Jerome Elwer, five brothers, Harold, Carroll "Archie," Edgar, Irvin and Robert Metcalfe; and four sisters, June Blue, Morene Hennon, Vernene Kampf and Beulah Allison. Mrs. Sanders was a homemaker. She was past president of the Walterick-Hemme Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 Auxiliary, was an avid gardener and loved to travel. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call 2-9 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home, where a parish wake will be at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Preferred memorials are to St. Rita's Hospice.

Mary E. Jenkins
June 30, 1923 - July 13, 2002
Mary E. Jenkins, 79, of Elida, died 2:05 a.m. July 13 at Roselawn Manor Nursing Home, Spencerville. She was born June 30, 1923, in Springfield, to stepfather Harry E. Ferryman and Faye Green. On June 11, 1938, she married Von D. Jenkins, who survives in Elida. Other survivors include three sons, Jerry E. (Frances M.) Jenkins of Lady Lake, Fla., Dr. Michael A. (Theresa L.) Jenkins of Sylvania and the Rev. Brian V. (Juliana) Jenkins of Lafayette; a daughter, Susan D. (James F.) Peed of Woodbridge, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy F. Jenkins. Mrs. Jenkins was a sales clerk at the Leader Department Store in the Lima Mall. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church, Elida. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel United Methodist Church, the Revs. Brian V. Jenkins and Michael A. Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Preferred memorials are to Immanuel United Methodist Church.

Robert C. Smith
Aug. 19, 1917 - July, 10 2002
Robert C. Smith, 84, of Glandorf, died 1:50 p.m. July 10 at St. Rita's Medical Center. He was born Aug. 19, 1917 in Kalida, to Anthony and Magdaline (Schroeder) Smith. On June 23, 1948, he married Susanna Schroeder, who survives in Glandorf. Other survivors include, a son, Robert (Anne) Smith of Glandorf; six daughters, Carolyn (Larry) Dorn and Mary Smith of Ottawa, Marilyn Olivo of Defiance, Theresa Kingsley of Bowling Green, Ann (Mark) Dunnett of Toledo and Judith (Todd) Hanp of Lima; four brothers, Edward Smith of Glandorf, Leonard Smith of Delphos, Tom (Dorothy) Smith of Fort Jennings and Cyril (Dorothy) Smith of Kalida; four sisters, Martha Fuerst and Esther (Ray) Halker of Columbus Grove, Norma (Tom) Curlie of Shelby and Florence (Tom) Freeman of Kalida; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Gilbert Smith; and a sister, Mary Brown. Mr. Smith retired in 1982 from Philips E.C.G. in Ottawa, and was a farmer. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf, and its Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the Ottawa Eagles, Quarter Century Club and the Ohio Farm Bureau. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Rev. Cleo Schmenk officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. today and 2-9 p.m. Friday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where an Eagles service will be 7:30 p.m. today and a rosary service will be 8 p.m. Friday. Preferred memorials are to the Kidney Foundation or donor's choice.

Richard K. Rupert Sr.
Jan. 14, 1928 - July 2, 2002
Memorial services for Richard K. Rupert Sr., 74, of Lima, who died 2:35 p.m. July 2 at Jay Robert Lauer Hospice, will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Cridersville, the Rev. James Couser officiating. He was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Lima to I.E. "Ike" and Mary L. (King) Rupert. On Aug. 26, 1947, he married Theresa A. Tessier, who died March 15, 2000. Survivors include two sons, Richard (Cathy) Rupert Jr. of Pandora and Timothy Rupert of Lima; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, M. Jane Austin. Mr. Rupert retired as maintenance supervisor from the U.S. Postal Service in 1987 after 36 years of service. He had previously worked at Superior Coach Corporation and as a photographer for the Lima Ordinance Tank Depot and WIMA-TV. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy, and was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8832 in Roundhead. He was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the National Association of Postal Supervisors, the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society and Living World Lutheran Church in Lantana, Fla. He served as a committee member for Boy Scout Troop 51 in Lima and a councilman for the Boy Scouts of America Blackhoof District. He was a 1946 graduate of South High School. There is no visitation. Arrangements are by Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima. Preferred memorials are to Boy Scouts of America or the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.

Charles W. Obermeyer
March 11, 1960 - July 9, 2002
Charles W. Obermeyer, 42, of Sarasota, Fla., formerly of Delphos, died the morning of July 9 at the home of his parents in Delphos. He was born March 11, 1960, in Delphos to Robert and Margaret (Flanagan) Obermeyer, who survive in Delphos. Survivors include two sisters, Robbin (Dan) Clark of Delphos and Susan (Rick) Wieging of Madison, Ind.; three brothers, James (Jami) Obermeyer of St. Louis, Mo., Frederick "Fritz" Obermeyer of Delphos and John "Chip" Obermeyer of Seattle, Wash.; and nieces and nephews Josh Wieging, Neal and Adam Clark and Megan and Clay Obermeyer. He was preceded in death by grandparents Charles and Frances Obermeyer and James and Margaret Flanagan. Mr. Obermeyer had been a marine technician at Gene Whip's Gulfwind Marine in Sarasota for 18 years. He was a graduate of St. John's High School, Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville and a former member St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman. Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Randy Giesige officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Friday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be at 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to Chimbote Missions, c/o Fr. Jack David, Apartodo Postal 134, Chimbote, Peru.

Edyth R. Pritchard
Oct. 8, 1912 - July 9, 2002
Funeral services for Edyth R. Pritchard, 89, of Elida, who died 1 a.m. July 9 at Vancrest Health Care Center, Delphos, will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Siferd Westwood Chapel, Lima, the Rev. George E. Pirtle officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Elida. She was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Mount Vernon, Ky., to William and Myrtle (Brown) Vance. In 1941, she married James C. Pritchard, who died Jan. 4, 1974. Survivors include a son, Ron (Cecile) Pritchard of Wabash, Ind.; three daughters, Sue (Robert) Payton of Elida, Sharon Hunter of St. Petersburg Fla., and Carol (James) Delph of Lima; a brother, William J. (Betty) Vance of Rochester, Ind.; four sisters, Wilma McCoy of Florida, Marge (Glen) Kile of Indianapolis, Ind., and Esther (Robert) Story and Marie (Dean) Fouts of Wabash; eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Ella Vance, Edna Leslie and Nell Brummett. Mrs. Pritchard had worked at JCPenney, The Leader Store and the Naples Daily News. She was a member of the American Business Women's Association. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Allen County Chapter of the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.

Ray J. Andrews
June 16, 1920 - July 7, 2002
Graveside services for Ray J. "Harpo" Andrews, 82, of Belle Center, who died 3:07 a.m. July 7 at his residence, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Mausoleum, Lima, the Rev. Tom Lentz officiating. He was born June 16, 1920, in Kenton to E. Ray and Grace (Wallace) Andrews. He married Betty C.E. Lane, who died July 5, 1993. Survivors include a son, Tim (Kay) Andrews of Belle Center; a brother, Richard "Doc" (Rita) Andrews of Lima; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert "Elmo" Andrews. Mr. Andrews had been a machinist for Westinghouse Electric, Small Motors Division, retiring in 1980 after 39 years. He was a member of Indian Lake Moose Lodge 1533 and Indian Lake Eagles Aerie 3615. He also enjoyed fishing. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima. Preferred memorials are to Belle Center Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 564, Belle Center, 43310, or donor's choice.

Cynthia Van Loo
Sept. 19, 1963 - July 7, 2002
Cynthia Van Loo, 38, of Fort Jennings, died 7:30 a.m. July 7 at her residence. She was born Sept. 19, 1963, in Lima to Alvin "A.J." and Ruth (Lauf) Unverferth, who survive in Glandorf. On June 25, 1988, she married Peter Van Loo Jr., who survives in Fort Jennings. Other survivors include two sons, Petey and Dylan Van Loo at home; three brothers, Roger (Tricia) Unverferth of Ottawa, David Unverferth of Findlay and Ace (Amy) Unverferth of Glandorf; and grandmothers, Florence Lauf of Ottawa and Bernadette Unverferth of Glandorf. She was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis Unverferth; and grandfathers, Theodore Lauf and Oscar Unverferth. Mrs. Van Loo had worked at Air Craft Dynamics in Elida. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings and was a 1981 graduate of Ottawa-Glandorf High School and held an associate's degree in accounting from the University of Northwestern Ohio. She was an avid bowler and race fan. Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, the Rev. Tony Borgia officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa, where a scripture service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Preferred memorials are to St. Rita's Home Health and Hospice or donor's choice.

Betty A. Wessel
July 25, 1939 - July 5, 2002
Betty A. Wessel, 62, of St. Marys, died 3:48 p.m. July 5 at Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis. She was born July 25, 1939, in Salem Township, Auglaize County, to Ivan Ellis and Elsie Grave (Toler) Knapp. On Dec. 29, 1955, she married Geary L. Wessel, who survives in St. Marys. Survivors also include two daughters, Thressa S. (Timothy) Adams of Elgin and Laurie A. (Randy) McDorman of Mendon; two sons, Bryan W. (Judy) Wessel of St. Marys and Bruce A. (Cheryl) Wessel of Delphos; nine grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Elsie G. (Paul) Wein and D. Jane (James) Schwartz of Spencerville; and two brothers, Ivan E. (Rudite) Knapp of Mendon and Paul E. (Sandy) Knapp of Germantown; She was preceded in death by an infant sister, Loma E. Knapp. Mrs. Wessel retired in 1995 after 17 years of service at Huffy Bicycle Corp. in Celina, where she worked in the wheel room. She was a member of United Steel Workers Union Local in Celina and had also delivered newspapers with her husband. She was a 1957 graduate of Spencerville High School. She was self-taught on the piano, organ and trumpet and enjoyed fishing and crocheting. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Thomas E. Bayliff Funeral Home, Spencerville, the Rev. Ronald L. Shifley officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery, northeast of Mendon. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday and after noon Wednesday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Loren A. Radebaugh
Sept. 14, 1924 - July 5, 2002
Funeral services for Loren A. "Bud" Radebaugh, 77, of Pandora, who died 7:20 p.m. July 5 at Fox Run Manor, Findlay, will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pandora United Methodist Church, the Revs. Robert Butt and Mark Hollinger officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Pandora. He was born Sept. 14, 1924, in Findlay to Harley and Pearl (Powell) Radebaugh. On Nov. 21, 1949, he married Dortha Grismore, who survives. Survivors also include two sons, David (Mary Jo) Radebaugh of Cloverdale and Daniel (Cindy) Radebaugh of Pandora; a brother, Richard Radebaugh of Findlay; and a grandson, Brandon Radebaugh. He was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Radebaugh. Mr. Radebaugh had been an accountant, having worked at Rusco Windows, Pandora, as their purchasing agent. He had also worked as an auditor with the state of Ohio, retired from the Mennonite Memorial Home, Bluffton, as an accountant and had served 24 years as the Riley Township Clerk. He was a member of Pandora United Methodist Church, where he had served as treasurer and had been past master of the Rufus Putnam Lodge 364, Columbus Grove. He was a 32nd degree mason and had received the Meritorious Service Award from the Ohio Masonic Council of Deliberation. He was also a member of the Zenobia Temple. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, where a Masonic service will be 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to donor's choice.

Edith Brown
June 10, 1924 - July 2, 2002
Graveside services for Edith Brown, 78, of Lima, who died 6:30 a.m. July 2 at Lost Creek Care Center, will be 4 p.m. today at Bethleham Cemetery, Jackson Township, the Rev. Howard Allison officiating. She was born June 10, 1924, in Lima to William and Lillie (Leffle) Dellinger. On Oct. 27, 1945, she married Richard Brown, who preceded her in death. Survivors include a son, Lynn Brown of Lafayette; a daughter, Janis A. Carman of Delphos; two brothers, William Earl (Betty) Dellinger Jr. of Lima and Ralph Dellinger of Defiance; and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry L. Brown; a sister, Hazel McAdow; and a grandchild, Ryan Carman. Mrs. Brown had been a secretary for Westinghouse and Federal Crop Insurance. Friends may call 1-3 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima. Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association.

Hazel L. Elzey
Nov. 14, 1908 - July 1, 2002
Funeral services for Hazel L. Elzey, 93, of Van Wert, who died 9 p.m. July 1 at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home, were 1 p.m. today at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Tim Burden officiating. Burial was in Convoy IOOF Cemetery. She was born Nov. 14, 1908, in Van Wert County to Burt and Grace Pearl (Gardener) Mace. In June 1938, she married Thurman B. Elzey, who died April 7, 1980. Survivors include a son, David L. (Helen) Elzey of Convoy; a daughter, Louise E. (Carl) Watson of Van Wert; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by a son, Donald E. Elzey, two brothers and a sister. Mrs. Elzey was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Van Wert. Preferred memorials are to Van Wert Manor Activities Fund.

Eugene L. Metcalfe
Mar. 29, 1926 - July 1, 2002
Funeral services for Eugene L. "Schoolie" Metcalfe, 76, of Lexington, Ky., formerly of Delphos, who died 10 a.m. July 1 at Hospice Care Center of St. Joseph Hospital, Lexington, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John Lutheran Church, Ohio City, the Rev. Denise Brown officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. He was born March 29, 1926, in Delphos to Glenn and Adeline (Stocklin) Metcalfe. On Dec. 22, 1951, he married Mary Jane Sidle, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Dr. Monty (Teresa) Metcalfe of Lexington; and two sisters, Pat (William) Endres of Delphos and Margaret Leitch of St. Claire, Mich. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Marion "Mike" and Joe Metcalfe. Mr. Metcalfe was a former employee of National Seal (Federal Mogul) of Van Wert and Frankfurt, Ind. He retired in 1990 as general manager of Goshen Rubber, Wilson, N.C. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Cowan and Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Preferred memorials are to the American Lung Association, St. John Lutheran Church, Hospice of the Blue Grass or donor's choice.

Ethel B. Caldwell
Mar. 31, 1909 - July 2, 2002
Funeral services for Ethel B. Caldwell, 93, of Columbus Grove, who died 12:20 a.m. July 2 at Richland Manor, Beaverdam, will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartman Sons Funeral Home, Columbus Grove, the Rev. Gordon Kleiner officiating. Burial will be in Cairo East Cemetery. She was born March 31, 1909, in Cairo to George F. and Sarah Ellen (Cotner) Altstaetter. She had been married to Mark H. Caldwell, who preceded her in death in 1944. Survivors include four grandchildren, Samuel Caldwell of Delphos, Mark Caldwell of Toledo and Lena (Scott) Carter and Amanda Caldwell of Lima. She was preceded in death by a son, Mark A. Caldwell; four brothers, O.L. "Boone," Gilbert Raymond "Funny," Lester T. "Jake," and Glen Altstaetter; and a sister, Edith Miller. Mrs. Caldwell was a homemaker and had worked at Miller's Lunch in Columbus Grove for many years, retiring in April of 1998. She was a member of Columbus Grove VFW Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary and Eagles Auxiliary. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ray A. Yahn
July 5, 1938-July 2, 2002
Ray A. Yahn, 63, of Van Wert, died July 2 at his residence. He was born July 5, 1938, in Van Wert County to Ned E. and Anna Alberta (Uhl) Yahn. His stepmother, Ruby Yahn, survives in Ohio City. Other survivors include a son, Randy Yahn of Ohio City; a daughter, Teresa Clemens of Lima; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rhonda Rae Yahn; and a son, Nicholas Ned Yahn. Mr. Yahn had been a Van Wert City firefighter and the former owner of Yahn's Body Shop. He retired as an instructor of auto body class at Vantage Career Center and was the current owner of Ray Enterprise Welding of Van Wert. He attended Calvary Evangelical Church, Van Wert. He was a member of the Van Wert Elks, Moose Lodge and Sheriff's Auxiliary and was certified in many different welding categories. He also served in the Ohio National Guard. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Raymond Feeck officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Ohio City. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Preferred memorials are to the Phi Beta Psi Sorority Cancer Foundation.

Joe Kemper
Aug. 28, 1934-July 2, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Joseph E. "Joe" Kemper, 67, of Ottoville, who died 1:45 a.m. July 2 at his residence, will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, the Rev. Tony Borgia officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Ottoville. He was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Putnam County to Herman and Theresia (Ricker) Kemper. On June 3, 1961, he married Eileen M. Rieman, who survives in Ottoville. Survivors also include two sons, Roger and Daniel Kemper of Ottoville; two brothers, Arnold (Norma) Kemper and Isadore (Leona) Kemper of Ottoville; four sisters, Frances Muzechuck of Centerville, Lucille (Bob) Lammers and Theresa (Jim) Kramer of Ottoville and Agnes (Don) Ostendorf of Fort Jennings; and three sisters-in-law, Mary Kemper of Ottoville, Angela Kemper of Delphos and Ruth Johnson of Leipsic. He was preceded in death by five brothers, Henry, Leo, Lawrence, Alphonse and his twin, John Kemper; and two sisters, Amelia Burdg and Bertha Gasser. Mr. Kemper retired from Philips Display Components in Ottawa, was a field reporter for the Farm Service Agency and was a farmer. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society. He was a former Cub Scout Master, liked to play cards and was a U.S. Army veteran. Friends may call 1-9 p.m. Thursday at Kolkmeyer-Helmkamp-Orians Funeral Home, Ottoville, where a parish wake service will be at 3 p.m. Preferred memorials are to Putnam County Hospice.

Josephine E. Clay
Aug. 13, 1922 - June 30, 2002
Mass of Christian burial for Josephine E. Clay, 79, of Lima, who died 6:30 p.m. June 30 at St. Rita's Medical Center, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John Catholic Church, Lima, the Rev. William J. Rose officiating. She was born Aug. 13, 1922, in Lima to Charles and Josephine (Morano) Mullenhour. On Jan. 30, 1954, she married Dillon Clay, who survives in Lima. Other survivors include a son, Kevin Clay of Lima; a brother, Paul Mullenhour of Lima; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Tony and Pat Foscardo; and four sisters, Betty Wehner, Mary Sirks, Nellie Brunswick and Ruth Falari. Mrs. Clay was a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, and its Altar and Rosary Society. She was also a long-time Lima Central Catholic bingo worker. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home, Lima, where parish wake will be 8 p.m. Preferred memorials are to Lima Central Catholic Capital Campaign.

Michael D. Allen Jr.
March 14, 2002
- July 1, 2002
Michael D. Allen Jr., 3 1/2 months, died 9:55 a.m. July 1 at his residence. He was born March 14, 2002
, to Michael D. Allen and Cheyenna Pate of Van Wert, who both survive. Survivors also include a sister, Makenzie Allen at home; paternal grandmother, Ruby Day of Convoy; maternal grandparents Ed Pate of Paulding and Angela Foreman of Van Wert; maternal great-grandparents, Lois Lippi of Pennsylvania and Mary and Vady Pate of Farmington Hills, Mich. Private family services will be held at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Scott Fleming officiating. There is no visitation. Preferred memorials are to the family.

Nick C. Gengler
April 18, 1920-June 30, 2002
Funeral services for Nick C. Gengler, 82, of Delphos, who died 5:45 p.m. June 30 at his residence, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Delphos Wesleyan Church, the Revs. Wayne Prater and Charles Brantley officiating. Burial will be in Cascade Cemetery, Cloverdale. He was born April 18, 1920, in Delphos to Raymond and Eunice (Follas, Miller) Gengler. On Jan. 31, 1947, he married Madeline Howlett, who survives in Delphos. Survivors also include a son, Charles (Patty) Gengler of Delphos; three daughters, Carol (Glen) Brantley Jr. and Kathryn Gengler of Delphos and Connie (Dan) Blue of Van Wert; a sister, Rosabelle Basinger of Delphos; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two stepbrothers, Howard and Harold Miller. Mr. Gengler had been a truck driver for 50 years. He was a founding member of Delphos Wesleyan Church and also helped construct the building, was Sunday school superintendent and teacher and was also a board member. He was a member of Gideon's of Van Wert and served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Friends may call 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Son Memorial Chapel. Preferred memorials are to the Wesleyan Church Building Fund.


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