Charles W. Miller, 83, a former Grover Hill resident presently residing in Lady Lake, Fla., died at 6:35 a.m. Friday, July 4, 2003, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been a patient for one day.
He was born August 23, 1919, in Jackson Township in Van Wert County, the son of the late Charles J. and Velma (Ashbaugh) Miller. On September 18, 1939, he married Barbara Ann Funk, who survives.
Mr. Miller was a truck broker for AMA Trucking and Trico Trucking, retiring in 1987. He was a former Paulding County commissioner, serving two terms from 1979-1987. He belonged to Odd Fellows Lodge of Middle Point and was a life member of Lodge 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, in Van Wert. He was also a former Grover Hill school board member and a Paulding County School Board member for eight years. He was a member of the Horsemen's Association and the United States Trotters Association and attended the Church of Christ of Lady Lake, Fla.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Wayne (Donna) Miller of Gulfport, Miss., Kent (Gloria) Miller of Lady Lake, Fla., and Kevin Miller of Haviland; a daughter, Marlene Jo Yahn of Ohio City; two sisters, Eloise, Shaw of Grover Hill and Delores Sanderson of Reading, Mich.; one brother, Arlie Miller of Winter Haven, Fla.; a half-brother, Ralph Ashbaugh of Van Wert; eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Dotson; two brothers, Ernest and Robert Miller, and a granddaughter, Victoria Renee' Yahn.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at DenHerder Funeral Home in Paulding, the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.
Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Miller to a charity of donor's choice.
Frank P. Wetli, 60, of Payne, died Saturday, July 5, 2003, at Paulding County Hospital in Paulding.
He was born November 20, 1942, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the son of the late Gerald and Florence (March) Wetli. On October 14, 1972, he married Beckey Ringler, who survives.
Mr. Wetli retired from Sears, Roebuck & Company in Fort Wayne. He was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church and American Legion Post 297, both in Payne.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Aaron Wetli of Columbus; one daughter, Sarah Wetli of Payne, and a sister, Suzanne Yenser of Payne.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Payne, with Father G. Allan Fillman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Calling hours are after 4 p.m. Tuesday at Slade Funeral Home in Payne, where a rosary service will be held at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Wetli to the Payne EMS Squad or for Masses.
Andrew J. "Andy" Kemler, 21, of 3535 Hoaglin Center Road, died early Saturday morning, July 5, 2003.
He was born January 30, 1982, in Van Wert, the son of Wayne and Karen (Dutton) Kemler, both of whom survive at home.
Mr. Kemler was a landscaper for Elida Naturescapes in Delphos and was a graduate of Owens Technical College, with a degree in landscaping and turf management. He was a 2000 graduate of Lincolnview High school and, while in high school, was on the wrestling and track teams and was recognized as an FFA State and American farmer. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a paternal grandmother, Wilma Kemler of Van Wert; maternal grandparents Robert and Luella Dutton of Convoy; maternal great-grandmother, Vesta Dutton of Convoy; two brothers, David (Marla) Kemler and Scott (fiancée Anna Flick) Kemler, both of Van Wert; a sister, Tina (Jason) Vodika of Orrville; a nephew, Ethan Kemler; one niece, Natalie Vodika, and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Howard Kemler.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, the Rev. Dillon Staas and Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert and also an hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Kemler to the Lincolnview Athletic Boosters Club.
Evelyn Fern (Mack) Armstrong, 86, of Elida, died at 7 a.m. Sunday, July 6, 2003, at her residence.
She was born September 10, 1916, in Vinton, Iowa, the daughter of the late Howard and Clara (Krogstad) Mack. On October 15, 1945, in a little brown church in Nashua, Iowa, she married Ollie F. "Jack" Armstrong, who died December 15, 1986.
Mrs. Armstrong was a middle school teacher in Iowa and in the Delphos public schools. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Delphos and the Senior Citizens Club of Lima. She was a recipient of the "Who's Who in Education" recognition and graduated from Vinton (Iowa) High School and Upper Iowa University. She also attended Immanuel United Methodist Church in Elida. She had a lifetime love of travel and loved visiting the Pacific Ocean and mountains, as well as playing bingo and spending time with her family.
Survivors include a son, Larry Jack (Barbara) Armstrong of Delphos; two daughters, Carol Evelyn (James) Miller of Elida and Sandra Sue (Ted) Wienken of Delphos, one sister, Hazel Meyer of Lancaster, Calif.; two brothers, Kenneth Mack of Perry, Iowa, and Everett (Evelyn) Mack of Colorado Springs, Colo.; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Elida, the Rev. Gary Rode officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery of Delphos.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Armstrong to the American Cancer Society.
Dr. H.E. "Doc" Tomlinson, 68, of 260 W. Ervin Road, died at 6:15 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born March 2, 1935, in Payne, the son of the late Rev. H. J. and Alice (Holmes) Tomlinson. His wife of 48 years, the former Jane West, survives.
Dr. Tomlinson was a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany from 1957-59. He graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, in December 1968. Doc loved his work and opened his practice in Van Wert in 1969.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Michael E. Tomlinson of Kansas City, Kan., and Jeffrey D. (Amy) Tomlinson of Van Wert; two sisters, Carolyn Joan (Lester) Sherer and Helen Griffis, both of Haviland, and was eagerly anticipating the birth of his first grandchild this fall.
Private family services have already been held, with arrangements by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Doc to the Van Wert Centurions Club or the First United Methodist Church Food Bank, c/o Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home.
Barry J. Stuckey, 44, of Scott, died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at his residence.
He was born October 4, 1958, in Van Wert, the son of Marcia A. (Severn) Stuckey Darras of Van Wert and the late Jack E. Stuckey.
Mr. Stuckey was employed at Eaton (Aeroquip) Corp. in Van Wert as an apprentice maintenance technician and had just completed a three-year maintenance degree program at Ivy Tech in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was a 1977 graduate of Van Wert High School.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a stepfather, James Darras of Van Wert; a stepmother, Judy Stuckey of Hamilton, Ind.; one daughter, Taylor Stuckey, at home; a brother, Bruce (Theresa) Stuckey of Van Wert; two half-brothers, Jim and Joe Stuckey of Hamilton, Ind.; four uncles, David (Peg) Stuckey of Florida, John Stuckey and Elmer (Yvonne) Stuckey of Michigan and Robert D. (Lois) Severn of Minster, and three aunts, Betty (Frank) Weddle, Marge Clouse and Coralie (Robert) Wilson, all of Van Wert.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Joe Wilck officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point.
Calling hours will be from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Stuckey to a charity of donor's choice.
Carl R. Hoffman, 60, of Van Wert, died at 8:25 a.m. Monday, July 7, 2003, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
He was born January 3, 1943, in Van Wert, the son of the late Adolf and Florence A. (Pollock) Hoffman. He never married.
Mr. Hoffman formerly attended Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Antioch Chapel, both in Van Wert.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Ormal Smith of Van Wert, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Smith, and one sister, Louise Thomas.
Private family services were held. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Hoffman to Thomas Edison School.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert.