Clifford E. Hoffhines, 86, of Rockford, died at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2003, at Adams County (Indiana) Hospital in Decatur, where he had been a patient for the past 18 days.
He was born March 15, 1917, in Champaign County, Ill., the son of the late Dan and May (Staples) Hoffhines. On June 17, 1939, he married Bessie R. Smalley, who preceded him in death on June 21, 1996.
Mr. Hoffhines was a retired farmer. He moved to the Rockford area as a small child and graduated in 1934 from Rockford High School.
Survivors include a son, Dennis (Marcia) Hoffhines of Rockford; five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Hoffhines, and a sister, Ethel Hoffhines.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Deb Domeier officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.
Calling hours are from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and an hour prior to services on Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Hoffhines to the Mercer County EMS Squad.
Henry Junior Krick, 84, of Mendon, died at 5:25 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2003, at his residence.
He was born April 10, 1919, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Henry W. Sr. and Ellen (Murray) Krick. On April 9, 1938, he married Marcile Irene Sherman, who survives.
Mr. Krick retired from New Idea in Coldwater in 1981 after 33 years of service. He attended First Church of God in Mendon and was an avid coon hunter and member of the Mercer County Sportsmen's Association.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Larry (Alice) Krick and Martin (Betty) Krick, both of Celina, and Lowell (Martha) Krick of Mendon; three brothers, Arthur (Lois) Krick and Robert (Mary) Krick, both of Celina, and Eugene (Betty) Krick of Spencerville; a brother-in-law, Loyd Simpson of Mendon; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Dora Catherine Simpson and an infant sister, Leona; a grandson, Alyn Krick, and a great-grandson, Ian Brazen.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Church of God in Mendon, the Rev. Dean Bruce officiating. Burial will be in Mendon Cemetery.
Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at W.H. Dick & Sons Funeral Home in Mendon.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Krick to Mendon Church of God or State of the Heart Health & Hospice.
Margaret Bowersock, 91, of Delphos, died at 3:30 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2003, at her residence.
She was born March 22, 1912, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Roy and Martha (Schaffner) Blackmore. On May 3, 1941, she married W.B. "Brownie" Bowersock, who died April 28, 1993.
Mrs. Bowersock taught school for 26 years at Hoaglin-Jackson School and in the Delphos City Schools, retiring from there in 1975. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Delphos, was a past elder of the church and had belonged to its Women's Association, Rebecca Circle and choir. She was a graduate of Hoaglin-Jackson School and earned a degree in education from Bowling Green University. She belonged to the Grandmothers Club, State Teachers Retirement System, National Education Association, served on the Interfaith Thrift Shop Board of Directors and the Senior Citizens Board of Directors. She was named 1967 "Teacher of the Year," was 1991 "Women of the Year" and was named "Good Gal of 1971." She was a member of Eastern Star and was most known for her volunteer work.
Survivors include two sons, Rex (Angela) Bowersock of Delphos and Randy (Gloria) Bowersock of Middle Point; a daughter, Rhonda (Ron) Illyes of Delphos; nine grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Blackmore and a brother who died in infancy.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, the Rev. Tolhorst and Rev. Carl Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in Ridge Township, Van Wert County.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harter & Son Funeral Home in Delphos, where an Eastern Star service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mrs. Bowersock to the Delphos Presbyterian Church.
Billy G. Stutz, 67, of Van Wert, died at 7:15 p.m. Monday, September 8, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born March 27, 1936, in Ohio City, the son of the late H. William and Grace (Magoto) Stutz. On June 2, 1957, he married Barbara Schisler, who survives in Van Wert.
Mr. Stutz was a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at Bagley Builders and Imler Construction. He especially liked to camp and was a longtime camper at Bluewater Campgrounds.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Mark (Dawn) Stutz and Bruce Stutz, both of Van Wert, and Jay Stutz of Scott; a daughter, Diane (Jody) Terrell of Convoy; three brothers, John (Helen) Stutz of Venedocia, Danny (Carol) Stutz of Van Wert and Bob (Marge) Stutz of Ohio City; five sisters, Gertrude Topp and Ruth Ann (Lester) Topp, both of New Bremen; Edna Mae Creel of Anderson, Ala. and Pearl (Bud) Mason and Judge (Jerry Christener) Lewis, both of Van Wert; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren, and a great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Betty Schertzer and Margaret Miller.
Private funeral services will be held, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating.
There will be no public visitation.
Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of Mr. Stutz to the Van Wert Area Health Professionals-Hospice.
Bricker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn I. Hertel, 81, of rural Ohio City, died at noon Tuesday, September 9, 2003, at Heritage Park Nursing Home in Fort Wayne, Ind.
She was born May 6, 1922, in York Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Doyt and Edna (Smalley) Price. On July 22, 1945, in Van Wert, she married Gerald L. Hertel, who survives in Ohio City.
Mrs. Hertel retired from Indiana Bank after 15 years of service. She was a 1940 graduate of York High School and a former member of Psi Iota Xi Sorority. She was a member of the Ladies of the Elks.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Larry W. Hertel of Fort Wayne; one daughter, Marilyn I. (Michael) Daeger of Fort Myers, Fla., and two grandchildren, Stacy (Jonathan) Fast of Tampa, Fla., and Christopher Daeger of Wilder, Ky.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Floyd Price.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Rob Ratliff officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.
Calling hours are from 5-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of donor's choice.
Rosella S. Laudick
January 14, 1916 - June 19, 2002
86, of Van Wert, died at 8:03 a.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at her residence in Van Wert. She was born Jan. 14, 1916, in Hessen Cassel, Ind., the daughter of the late Henry and Frances (Fox) Sorg. On Aug. 3, 1946, she married Robert J. Laudick, who died Sept. 21, 1995. Mrs. Laudick and her husband founded Laudick's Jewelry in Van Wert on April 1, 1950. Prior to that, she had worked in the township trustees office in Fort Wayne, Ind., then at Wolf & Dessauer's department store in Fort Wayne and lastly as secretary to the vice president of Farnsworth Television and Radio Corp. in Fort Wayne. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert and a former president of the Altar Rosary Sodality of the church. Survivors include four sons, Lawrence (Penny) Laudick of Dublin, Thomas (Patricia) Laudick of Columbus, Richard (Susan) Laudick of Galena and Stephen (Debra) Laudick of Van Wert; a daughter, Karen Lou Kennedy of Fort Wayne; 17 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter. A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Joseph M. Schmelzer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. Calling hours are from 2-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a Rosary Service will be conducted at 8 p.m. that evening.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary's School Foundation Fund and masses.
Louise L. Wallace
March 20, 1917 - June 01, 2002
Louise L. Wallace, 85, of Spencerville, Ind., died at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at her residence. She was born March 20, 1917, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Eugene and Helen (Webber) King. On Jan. 7, 1938, she married Albert Ross Wallace, who died Nov. 7, 1989. Mrs. Wallace was a homemaker and a member of Victory Barn Church in Edgerton. Survivors include three sons, Michael (Jill) Wallace of Fort Wayne, Ind., David (Carol) Wallace of Sinking Spring, Pa., and Douglas (Cheryl) Wallace of Van Wert; six daughters, Mary (Louis) Balducci of Venice, Fla., Diana Adams of Franklin, Judith (Robert) Kulp of Fort Wayne, Karen Wallace of Wyomissing, Pa., Deborah (Joseph) Lenart of Sinking Spring, and Rebecca (Kenneth) Stark of Spencerville, Ind.; a sister, Catharine Shinn of Columbia City, Ind.; 25 grandchildren, and 33 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Victory Barn Church in Edgerton, the Rev. Rosene Short officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery near Middle Point. Calling hours are from 8:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at Victory Barn Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Quad County Dialysis Center of Auburn, Ind., or Victory Barn Church in Edgerton. Brickner Funeral Home was in charge of funeral arrangements.