Donald H. “Doc” Hartsock, 84, of Payne, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away surrounded by family at 3:40 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2005, at Dallas Lamb Foundation Home in Payne.
He was born February 28, 1921, in Coburn, Va., the son of the late Samuel and Elizabeth (Holbrook) Hartsock. On June 13, 1942, he married Ruth L. Field, who survives in Payne.
Mr. Hartsock was a self-employed carpenter and also worked and retired from Clark Equipment in Lima. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II, and fought in the Battle of Normandy as a member of the 82nd Tanker Destroyer Battalion. He received the Army Meritorious Medal and Army Commendation Medal. He was a life member of the Delphos American Legion post and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035, also in Delphos. He also belonged to the Marion Baptist Church in Delphos and Payne Church of the Nazarene.
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, William (Chris) Hartsock of Lima, Robert Hartsock of Payne and David Hartsock of North Olmstead; a daughter, Linda Hartsock of Delphos; 11 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren, and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Lee, Ernest, Arnold and Leslie Hartsock; three sisters, Maxie Phipps, Mae Sutherland and Dorothy Foxwell, and a great-grandson, Phillip Dudgeon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, June 20, at the Payne Church of the Nazarene, with Pastor Michael Harper and the Rev. Jay Lobach officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos, with military rites performed by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Harter & Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Payne Church of the Nazarene or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Eva Jean Bolton, 84, formerly of Ohio City, died at 8:55 p.m. Sunday, June 19, 2005, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born February 26, 1921, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Vernon Culp and Ida Belle (McMillen) Davis. On April 16, 1939, she married Edwin Richard Bolton, who died June 21, 1997.
Mrs. Bolton was a homemaker who loved cooking, sewing and gardening. She was a member of the former Elgin United Brethren in Christ Church and later attended Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert. She had taught Sunday School and local Good News Clubs. She was a 1939 graduate of Middle Point High School and a member of the Gideon’s International auxiliary.
Survivors include three sons, Richard W. (Shirley) Bolton of Elgin and Jerry D. (Janet) Bolton and Robert E. (Dottie) Bolton, both of Van Wert; a daughter, Bonnie Bolton of Las Vegas, N.M.; six grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Clifford Davis, and one sister, Theah Gertrude Lloyd.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 22, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery in Union Township, Mercer County.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert.
John Robert “Bob” Barber, 61, of Mulberry, Fla., died of cancer Sunday, June 19, 2005.
He was born December 22, 1943, in Sidney, the son of Opal (VanTilburg) Barber, who survives in Celina, and the late John Barber. He first married Marjorie Riese, who preceded him in death. He then married Ida Mae Barber, who survives in Mulberry.
Mr. Barber retired from Navistar in Indianapolis, Ind., after relocating there from Fort Wayne, Ind. He had served in the U.S. Army and Air Force Reserves and was a member of Moose Lodge 2295 in Lakeland, Fla. He also belonged to American Legion Post 72 and Model A & T Club in Indianapolis.
In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons, Steve Barber of Greenfield, Ind., and Ricci Barber of Lakeland, Fla.; a daughter, Stephanie Rodgers of New Palestine, Ind.; two brothers, Dick Barber and Don Barber, both of Celina; two sisters, Ginny Hoenie of San Antonio, Texas, and Marilyn Hoenie of Celina; three grandsons, and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Timothy Burden of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Viewing hours are an hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Polycystic Kidney Foundation.
Wilbur R. "Willie" Wise, 89, of rural Ohio City, died at 5:50 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.
He was born September 10, 1915, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Michael G. and Xema (Rider) Wise. On July 3, 1933, he married Helen M. Slattery, who survives at their residence.
Mr. Wise farmed for many years and was in the farm implement business and also auto and house trailer sales. He raised, showed and sold Shetland ponies and exhibited at the Van Wert County Fair for many years. He also had pony rides at the fair. He also raised, showed and sold Appaloosa horses and trained and raced standard bred horses. He was a former member of the American Shetland Pony Club, The Appaloosa Horse Club, Ohio Harness Horse Association, United States Trotting Association and Van Wert County Horsemen's Club. He loved his wife and family very much and loved to trial ride on his horses, especially in Brown County, Ind.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
There will be no public calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ohio City EMS Squad.
Leo Thomas Caryer Jr., 81, of Wren, died at 2:09 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.
He was born October 1, 1923, in Defiance, the son of the late Leo Thomas Sr. and Irene (Relyea) Caryer. On December 1, 1945, he married Esther Burris, who survives in Wren.
Mr. Caryer was a loader operator for Union Quarries (now Maumee Stone) for 34 years and was an avid race fan and coon hunter.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Marilyn Neat and Marcelene (Richard) Price, both of Wren, and Peggy (Danny) Miller of Mount Vernon, Ky.; two brothers, Richard Caryer of Defiance and Howard Caryer of Hicksville; two sisters, Blanche Rue of Continental and Juanita Caryer of Hicksville; four grandchildren, Matthew Swygart of Rockford, Christopher (Angie ) Swygart of North Vernon, Ind., David Schaadt of Celina and Macayla Miller of Mount Vernon, Ky., and eight great-grandchildren, Brett Swygart, Sydney Swygart, Mollie Swygart, Samantha Swygart, Mason Swygart, Sarah Schaadt, Johnaton Schaadt and Cecelia Schaadt.
He was preceded in death by five brothers, Clarence, Charles, James, Gerald “Jack” and Homer Caryer, and a sister, Thelma.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 24, at Countryside Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Darrell Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services on Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wren EMS Squad.
Freeda F. Dray, 63, of Delphos, died at 8:35 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2005, at her daughter’s residence in Delphos.
She was born September 1, 1941, in Haviland, the daughter of Thelma (Peterson) Workman, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Lionel Guy Workman. On August 12, 1958, she married James E. Dray, who survives in Delphos.
Mrs. Dray worked at Charles Shoe Store in Delphos, the canning factory in Van Wert and Sun Management Service. She attended Van Wert High School and was a member of the Van Wert Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren, going to and having garage sales and liked to visit casinos.
In addition to her mother and husband, survivors include two sons, David J. (Pat) Dray of Delphos and Terry J. (Diane) Dray of Lima; a daughter, Cheryl L. (Rick) Collert of Delphos; three brothers, Roland (Sharon) Workman of Beford, Mich., Fred (Nancy) Workman of Van Wert and Carol Cloyce (Ellen) Workman of Delphos; two sisters, Janet (Bill) Schmidt and Lynda (Dan) Schott, both of Van Wert; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, who died in infancy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at Harter & Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Willis Adams and Pastor Donald Byard III officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Medical Center-Hospice.
Margaret N. DeCamp, 86, of Convoy, died at 1:50 a.m. Friday, June 24, 2005, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.
She was born January 29, 1919, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late James L. and Osee P. (Bucher) Shively. On June 24, 1939, she married Diamond E. DeCamp, who died in 1983.
Mrs. DeCamp retired in 1981 from Federal-Mogul Corporation in Van Wert after 28 years of service. She attended Antioch Friends Chapel Church in Van Wert. She was also a member of the Convoy American Legion Auxiliary, the Silver Seals retiree group of Federal-Mogul, the Convoy Red Hat Society and was a frequent traveler with the Van Wert YWCA tours.
Survivors include Gary (Jan) DeCamp of Hilliard, Terry DeCamp and Randall DeCamp, both of Convoy, and Douglas (Kathy) DeCamp of Columbus; nine grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Kebra Jan DeCamp, who died in infancy, and three sisters, Harriet Bell, Mabel Bell and Opal Bell.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at Gearhart, Mack & Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy, with the Rev. James Robbins officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery near Convoy.
Calling hours are 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the church or a charity of donor’s choice.