Mary D. Jones, 88, of Van Wert, died at 12:19 p.m. Saturday, February 12, 2005, at Van Wert Manor nursing home in Van Wert.
She was born September 14, 1916, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late James H. and Myrtle (Evans) Jones. She never married.
Miss Jones retired from Central Insurance Company of Van Wert in 1974. After retirement, she became a nanny to Wally and Donna Grimm's children for 10 years. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert and was a former member of the Presbyterian Women, Priscilla Circle and Chancel Choir of the church and Psi Iota Psi Sorority, Van Wert Chapter.
Survivors include a sister, Pauline Grubb of Van Wert; one niece, Alice Ann Northrup; a nephew, James B. Jones; a brother-in-law, Andy Darras, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews and loving friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, David, Donald, Marvin, Richard and Robert Jones; a sister, Barbara Darras; one brother-in-law, Paul Grubb, and a sister-in-law, Laura Jones.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 16, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church's Children's Fund.
Muriel A. Yore, 94, of St. Louis, Mo., and formerly of Fort Wayne, Ind., died February 12, 2005, in St. Louis.
She was born October 8, 1910, in Anna, the daughter of the late Guy and Mary Ragan. On June 29, 1942, she married Bernard Yore, who died October 21, 1974.
Survivors include two daughters, Penny (Richard) Ryan of St. Louis and Karen (William) Thompson of Superior, Ariz.; a stepson, Robert (Carol) Yore of Cambridge, Md.; one brother, Carl (Nina) Ragan of Van Wert; two sisters, Burnice Davis and Janice Johnson, both of Van Wert; four grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held at a later date.
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert was in charge of local arrangements.
Florence R. Keith Straley, 96, of Van Wert, died at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, February 16, 2005, at Van Wert Manor nursing home.
She was born October 22, 1908, in Middle Point, the daughter of the late Edward and Mable (Wright) Knittle. She married Nolan F. Keith, who died in September 1969. She then married Albert Straley in 1988 and he died in 1994.
Mrs. Straley was a beautician and motel manager for many years. She was a hard-working farm girl who never lost her positive attitude for life. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert and was a former member of the Ladies Aid of the church.
Survivors include two sons, Harold D. Keith and William E. (Nancy) Keith, both of Van Wert; a brother, Merle (Helen) Knittle of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Mark S. Keith, Brenda K. (Travis) Kittle and Bradley E. (Michelle) Keith, and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Gale, Charles, Horace and Dean Knittle and a brother who died in infancy, and two sisters, Romaine Allen and Mary H. Etzler.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 19, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Timothy Burden officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, February 18, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert Area Visiting Nurses (Community Health Professionals) or to the church.
Mildred "Mid" Wyandt, 100, of Otterbein St. Marys and formerly of Cincinnati, died at 4:45 a.m. Friday, February 11, 2005, at her residence.
She was born December 27, 1904, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Walter and Maude (Stuckey) Dustman. On October 12, 1927, she married William B. Wyandt, who died March 5, 2000.
Mrs. Wyandt was a homemaker and a member of Westwood First Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati.
No survivors are listed.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
James O. "Jim" Baker, 75, of Scott, died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 1, 2005, at his residence.
He was born May 28, 1929, in Paulding County, the son of the late Dennie and Edith (Baer) Baker. On April 9, 1949, he married Rheba Mohr, who survives in Scott.
Mr. Baker retired in 1991 from Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert after 23 years of service. He was also a retired farmer. He was past president of the Paulding County Cancer Society and was very active in his church, Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union.
In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Terry (Wendy) Baker of Grover Hill; four daughters, Kathy (Arnold) Reger of Union City, Mich., Deb (John) Weisenburger of Oakwood, Cheryl (Dave) Porter of Sturgis, Mich., and Sandy (Ray) Proud of Waterloo, Ind.; a sister, Dorothy Pease of Arizona; 15 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Inez Baker.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 4, at Mandale Church of Christ in Christian Union, the Rev. Don Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.
Calling hours are 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 3, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or Paulding Area Hospice.
Billy Voltz, 83, of 14055 Glenmore Road, Ohio City (Willshire Township), died Tuesday morning, February 22, 2005, near his residence.
He was born March 3, 1921, in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, the son of the late Rudolph Howard and Harriet Ethel (Hey) Voltz. On January 9, 1945, he married Gloria E. Elder, who survives at home.
Mr. Voltz was a farmer and electrical contractor. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in rural Van Wert, where he had served as an elder and Sunday School superintendent. He was a 65-year member and past master of Eureka Lodge 592, Free & Accepted Masons and a past patron of Van Wert Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. He had been a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the 529th Fighter Squadron during World War II flying P-51s. He received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired as a lieutenant colonel in 1966 from the Air National Guard's 122nd Fighter Wing based at Baer Field in Fort Wayne, Ind.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, John W. (Susan J.) Voltz and James R. Voltz, both of Ohio City; a daughter, Diane (Ronald) Shale of North Pole, Alaska; three sisters, Virginia Meyette and Rose Marie McClure, both of Van Wert, and Ivadore (Robert C.) Myers of Ohio City; four grandchildren, Craig (Sarah) Voltz, Curtis (Cheri) Voltz, Alissa (Michael) Reed and Sofia Shale, and a great0grandson, Jack Voltz.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Voltz; one sister, E. Patricia Schaadt, and a granddaughter, Missy Shale.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 25, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Van Wert County, with the Rev. Kenyon Kaehr officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 24, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a Masonic service will be conducted by Eureka Lodge 592, F&AM, at 8 p.m. Thursday, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Paul Fredrick Schaadt, 87, of Van Wert, died at 4:55 a.m. Tuesday, February 22, 2005, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
He was born October 9, 1917, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Arthur and Dora (Feldner) Schaadt. He was divorced.
Mr. Schaadt retired from Continental Can Company of Van Wert after more than 30 years of service. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Survivors include two sons, Philip (Vicki) Schaadt of Defiance and Fred (Brenda) Yates of Lebanon, Ore.; two daughters, Dorene (Rodney) Shellabarger of Van Wert and Colleen (Bob) Snyder of Convoy; seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Irene Blust, Marilyn Young and Velma Dougal, and a grandson.
Private funeral services will be conducted, with the Rev. Michael Snyder officiating. Burial will be in Coventry Memorial Gardens in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Thursday, February 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Memorial contributions may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Convoy.