Fern Louise Alt Sealscott, 81, of St. Marys and formerly of Chattanooga (Ohio), died at 9:46 a.m. Sunday, October 27, 2002, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born March 29, 1921, in Duck Creek Township, Rockford, to the late William B. and Amber C. (Michael) Oakley. On February 8, 1940, she married Ralph Alt, who died August 16, 1994. She then married Leo Sealscott in 1997 and he survives.
Mrs. Sealscott had worked at the Barr Store in Celina and, after its closing, worked the past seven years at Shirley's Sweets in Celina. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Rockford ad a member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three stepsons, Ron Sealscott of St. Marys, Jim (Pat) Sealscott of New Bremen and Jerry Sealscott of Celina; four grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Gene Alt; a sister, Eileen Uncapher of Van Wert, and two brothers, Robert "Bud" Oakley and Ervin Oakley.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ on Oregon Road in Rockford, with Pastor John Fleming officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.
Franklin D. Clutter, 69, of Rockford, died at his residence at 3:20 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2002.
He was born April 10, 1933, in Dublin Township, Rockford, the son of the late Samuel A. and Lela M. (McClintock) Clutter. On May 31, 1953, he married Lois Elaine Custer, who survives.
Mr. Clutter retired from Huffy's Manufacturing after 35 years and was also a farmer. He was a member of Olive Branch Church of God in Rockford and a member of Chapter U in Celina and Chapter N of Lima of the GWRRA. He was also a former adviser to the Rockford Thrifty 4-H Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons: Nathan Clutter, Neil D. Clutter and James "Jamie" (Corrie) Clutter, all of Rockford; two brothers, Dale (June) Clutter of Rockford and Raymond (Evelyn) Clutter of Celina; two sisters, Jane (Roland) Baker of Florida and June (Myron) Cashel of Van Wert; a brother-in-law, Rolland (Carolyn) Cuters of Urbana; one grandson, Austin James Clutter, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Steve Waterman and Pastor Sam Brewster officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.
Calling hours are 3-8 p.m. Wednesday and an hour prior to the services Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to Olive Branch Church of God or to the National Kidney Foundation.
Marcile F. Sheets, 88, a lifelong resident of Convoy, died at 8:55 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2002, at Vancrest Nursing Home in Van Wert, where she had been a patient the past three years.
She was born August 14, 1914, in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of the late James and Goldie (Burk) Pancake. On December 22, 1937, she married V. Gale Sheets, who died on February 17, 1989.
Mrs. Sheets was a homemaker and had worked at Van Wert Manufacturing for several years. Earlier, she had also worked at the Schaffer Glove Factory in Decatur, Ind. She was an active and lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Convoy.
Survivors include a daughter, Marlene K. (Daniel) Baker of Ohio City, and a granddaughter, Elise Ann Baker of Ohio City.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ada McBride and Leona Baker.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Convoy, with Pastor Jan Berthinee officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home in Decatur, and an hour prior to services at the church.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund.
Adeline F. Conn, 85, of 612 Allingham St., died at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born February 18, 1917, in Lima, the daughter of the late Fred and Minnie (Wilson) Berger. She married Leonard R. Conn, who died September 18, 1988.
Mrs. Conn had worked at the former FLP Inc. in Van Wert and also at Van Wert County Hospital.
Survivors include one son, Russel F. (Marge) Conn of Trabuco Canyon, Calif.; two daughters, Lynette Sue Cassari of Lansdale, Pa., and Martha Jean (Leland) Miller of New Haven, Ind.; eight grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Kay Adkins; two brothers, Robert and Carl Berger; two sisters, Virginia Gilroy and Frances Sitz, and one grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Leland Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Lima.
Calling hours are an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
William W. Stephey, 36, of Van Wert, died at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at 921 E. Main St.
He was born September 14, 1966, in Paulding, the son of Nancy (James) Talbot Scott of Van Wert.
Survivors include one son, William W. Stephey II of Mouthcard, Ky.; a daughter, Brianna J. Stephey of Sherwood, and two brothers, Ivan M. Stephey of Defiance and Jimmy A. Stephey II of Celina.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Neil Hammons officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.
Calling hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday and prior to services Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Emmanuel M. McHugh, 87, of 9434-B John Brown Road, died at 4:11 a.m. Thursday, October 3, 2002, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born April 25, 1915, in Reynolds, Ind., the son of the late Thomas and Emma (Holcomb) McHugh. On November 22, 1939, in Van Wert, he married Helen M. Davis, who survives.
Mr. McHugh retired in 1985 after 21 years of service as a caretaker at Woodland Cemetery. He also delivered the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette newspaper's Sunday edition for 32 years and The Times-Bulletin for six years. He attended First United Methodist Church in Van Wert and enjoyed square dancing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Connie Wood of Van Wert and Delda McHugh of Delphos, and one grandson, Christopher Wood of Van Wert.
He was preceded in death by a son, Mearl McHugh; five brothers, and three sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be e-mailed to the funeral home at email@example.com
Benjamin L. Saylor, 16, of Haviland, died at 3:57 p.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2002, following a traffic accident near Haviland.
He was born May 6, 1986, in Paulding, the son of Lennis Brent and Cheryl (Ashba) Saylor, who survive.
Benjamin was an 11th grade student at Wayne Trace High School.
Other survivors include one brother, Matthew Saylor, with the U.S. Air Force in Charleston, S.C.; a sister, Michelle Saylor at home; grandparents Lennis and Lula Saylor of Payne and Opal Ashba of Woodburn, Ind., and a great-grandmother, Mary Saylor of Paulding.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Payne Church of the Nazarene in Payne, the Rev. Michael Harper officiating. Burial will be in Wiltsie Cemetery in Payne.
Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Sunday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne.