Clarence "Buck" Butler, 63, of Delphos, died at 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, December 30, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born October 5, 1940, in Delphos, the son of the late Clarence and Harriette (Baer) Butler. On June 27, 1959, in Delphos, he married Barbara Carder, who survives in Delphos.
Mr. Butler, who was retired from Fruehauf Corporation, refinished furniture and bought and sold antiques. He was an avid Delphos St. John's Blue Jay basketball fan since 1959, and also was a fan of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians and Bill Elliot. He belonged to the Sons of the American Legion and St. John the Evangelistic Catholic Church, both in Delphos.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a stepfather, Charles McClung; a son, Brian (Brett Andrews) Butler of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two daughters, Sherri (Larry) Etzkorn and Deann (Larry) Heiing, both of Delphos; one brother, Raymond (Shirley) Butler of Defiance; two sisters, Jeannette (Lonnie) Sterling of Delphos and Diane (Larry) Glasscock of Temple, Texas, and five grandchildren, Nicole Etzkorn and Lauren, Logan, Austin and Noah Etzkorn.
He was preceded in death by a son, Craig Duane Butler; a brother, David Butler, and one granddaughter, Amanda Etzkorn.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, 2004, at St. John the Evangelistic Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Thursday, January 1, 2004, and 2-8 p.m. Friday, January 2, 2004, at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Butler to the St. John's Athletic Fund or a charity of donor's choice.
Martha A. Karges, 85, of 5293 Colwell Road, Convoy, died at 1:06 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at Convoy Care Center.
She was born June 16, 1918, in Hamilton County, Ind., the daughter of the late Rolllie and Elizabeth (Wilson) Leeman. On June 20, 1945, she married Dale Thomas Matthews, who died March 4, 1983. She later married Willis E. Karges, and he survives.
Mrs. Karges was a retired school teacher and had been librarian at the Marsh Foundation School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, was a Sunday School teacher and was on the Missions Board. She was a graduate of Taylor University in Upland, Ind.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Virginia E. (Dennis) Hammons of Middle Point; one brother, the Rev. Rollie (Janelle) Leeman of Ulm, Minn.; two sisters, Ruth (Roger) Stickle of Indianapolis, Ind., and Gertie (Tom) Cox of Atlanta, Ind.; four stepsons, Richard (Marie) Matthews of Madison, Wis., Paul (Paula) Karges of Kalkaska, Mich., Wayne (Kathy) Karges of Convoy and Edward (Claudia) Karges of Van Wert; three stepdaughters, Betty (Martin) Krick of Celina, Susan (Linn) Ealing of Bluffton, Ind., and Ruby (Brian) VanderArk of Caledonia, Mich., and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two stepsons, Robert A. Matthews and Paul G. Matthews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 3, at Trinity United Methodist Church, with Pastor Tim Burden officiating. Burial will in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 2, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Karges to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Helen L. Maloney, 82, of Delphos, died at 5:27 p.m. Wednesday, December 31, 2003, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
She was born May 21, 1921, in Tipton, Ind., the daughter of the late Albert and Millie (Snider) Nay. On April 4, 1940, she married Michael C. Maloney, who died September 17, 2003.
Mrs. Maloney was a homemaker and loved collecting antiques. She was very proud of her grandchildren. She was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Delphos and volunteered at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos and the Delphos Thrift Shop.
Survivors include four sons, Robert (Carol) Maloney of Middle Point, Stephen (Gloria) Maloney of Wapakoneta, Rodney (Cheryl) Maloney of Elida and Jeffrey (Deb) Maloney of Indora, Kan.; a daughter, Carol (Don) Richards of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Francis Nay, and four sisters, Mildred Sheckler, Emma E. Gottschalk, Pearl Anderson and Betty Nay.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 3, at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, the Rev. Ron Lumm officiating. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery.
Calling hours are 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 2, at from noon-2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Maloney to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Delphos.
Ruth A. Ragan, 81, of 536 S. Tyler St., Van Wert, beloved mother, grandmother and sister, died at 3:36 a.m. Thursday, December 4, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
She was born November 20, 1922, in Broadway (Union County), the daughter of the late John T. and Edith K. (Foreman) Vance.
Ms. Ragan was a teacher's aide at Valley Elementary of Beavercreek Schools and a homemaker. She was a member of Beaver United Methodist Church of Christ and attended First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.
Survivors include a son, Michael (Lynda) Ragan of Van Wert; two daughters, Michelle (Greg) Picklesimer of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Renee Robbins of Beavercreek; two brothers, John L. Vance of Lima and Paul Vance of Springfield; three sisters, Martha Heflin of Cincinnati, Sara Dill of Estes Park, Colo., and Rosemarie Taylor of Marysville, and seven grandchildren, Sara (Zack) Mather of Colorado Springs, Brian, Brandon and Melanie Picklesimer of Colorado Springs, Joshua and Nicholas Ragan of Van Wert and Nicole Robbins of Beavercreek.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Delmer Vance, and one sister, Mary Craig.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 8, at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Dr. Edward Jillson officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. that day in Byhalia Cemetery in Union County.
Calling hours are 3-5 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services at the church on Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Children's Fund of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.
James Norman Stokes, 69, formerly of Ottoville, died at 1:25 a.m. Friday, December 5, 2003, at Van Wert Manor Nursing Home.
He was born February 23, 1934, in Detroit, Mich., the son of the late Norman and Anna (Wurst) Stokes.
Mr. Stokes was a retired laborer. He was a former member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert.
Survivors include two brothers, Barry A. (Vera) Stokes of Barefoot Bay, Fla., and Richard (Sue) Stokes of Middle Point, and one sister, Mary Ann (Thomas) Schnipke of Kalida.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David Stokes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 7, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating.
Calling hours are 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Stokes to the Angel Foundation or a charity of donor's choice.
William Phillip Miller, 78, of 7015 Springview Drive, Maumee, died at 7:08 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2003, at his residence.
He was born October 27, 1925, in Van Wert, the son of the late Carl Phillip and Cleo Maggie (Krick) Miller. On August 27, 1949, he married Wanda M. Sheets, who survives at home.
Mr. Miller was an educator in public schools in Ohio and Indiana, as well as at the Lima Campus of Ohio State University. He was a 1943 graduate of Wren High School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in sociology-education from Miami University in Oxford. He also had completed extensive work for his doctorate at Ohio State University. He was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ. He was a World War II veteran and had served in the Intelligence Platoon, Headquarter Company of the 255th Infantry Regiment, 63rd Infantry Division in France and Germany. He was a member of Eureka Lodge 218, Free & Accepted Masons, in Ohio City, and Harry J. Reynolds Post 191 of the American Legion in Spencerville.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Marcus P. Miller of Lima; one daughter, Michele (Allan) Barnes of Toledo; a brother, Earl Lee (Vivian) Miller of Kokomo, Ind.; eight grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Elizabeth Fuhrman.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in rural Van Wert, the Rev. Kenyon Kaehr, Rev. Ron D. Fruth and Rev. Larry Keeler officiating. Burial will be in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, with military graveside honors rendered by the American Legion honor guard.
Calling hours are 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul's United Church of Christ or Hospice of Northwest Ohio, 30000 E. River Road, Perrysburg, OH 43551.
Louise L. Rager, 91, of Payne, died at 5:20 p.m. Saturday, December 6, 2003, at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born February 25, 1912, in Grabill, Ind., the daughter of the late Henry and Julia (Sauder) Bertsch. On February 2, 1941, she married Carl H. Rager, who survives.
Mrs. Rager was a homemaker and a member of Latty Apostolic Christian Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Walter (Sharon) Rager of Toledo; two daughters, Eileen (Dick) Whitman and Sharon (Robert) Parady, both of Payne; one brother, Herman (Helen) Bertsch of Leo, Ind.; 11 grandchildren, and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by six sisters, Emma, Susana and Matilda Bertsch, Esther Kipfer, Mary Martin and an infant sister; six brothers, Amos, Aaron, Albert, Henry, Otto and an infant brother, and a grandson, Keith Rager.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 10, at Latty Apostolic Church, with church clergy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Calling hours are 2-5 and 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Rager to the Apostolic Christian Home for the Handicapped in Morton, Ill., or the Latty Apostolic Christian Church Alms Fund.
Arrangements were made by Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding.