Mildred Doris (Cully) Friend, 92, formerly of Bowling Green, died at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2004, at Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center in Findlay.
She was born December 19, 1911, in Willshire Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Clark Murphy and Anise Maude (Kiracofe) Cully. On August 22, 1938, in Fort Wayne, Ind., she married Harold Andrew "Whitey" Friend, who died October 19, 1987.
Mrs. Friend lived on the family farm until she moved to Fort Wayne to attend business school. While in Fort Wayne, she graduated from International Business College and worked at the Murphy's Department Store lunch counter until she met and married her husband. In the late 1940s, Mildred moved with her family to Sylvania until the 1960s, when she and Harold purchased a home in Bowling Green, where she lived on ill health necessitated that she move to an independent living facility. Since 1997, she has been a resident of the Blakely Care Center in North Baltimore. Mildred and her husband loved to travel and visited all the states in the Union, except for Hawaii. Driving everyplace they went, they even drove the Alcan Highway to Alaska. In addition, Mrs. Friend was an avid gardener, specializing in wild flowers from the family farms. Each spring she delighted in taking walks through the farm woodlands to enjoy the native wild flowers. Mildred's other interests included playing the piano, farm animals, singing in the church choir and reading about nature and travel. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.
Survivors include a son, Karl Alan Friend of Bowling Green; four sisters-in-law, Marvene Hardy of Defiance, Vilena Ross of Ayersville, Marie Friend of Rolla, Mo., and Jean Friend of Haviland; a nephew, Edward L. (Sandra) Cully of rural Van Wert, and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Foy Cully, who died November 28, 2000.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 5, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tim Burden officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-7 p.m. Sunday, April 4, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, Gideons International or Mission Aviation Fellowship.
Charles Joseph Laudick, 71, of New Mexico, died Sunday, April 11, 2004.
He was born September 10, 1933, the son of the late Rayner and Eva Laudick. He married Dee Laudick, who also preceded him in death.
Mr. Laudick was a former member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 in Delphos and a past member of St. John the Evangelistic Catholic Church in Delphos.
Survivors include four sons, David (Patricia) Laudick of Delphos, Richard (Laura) Laudick of Woodstock, Ill., Robert Laudick of Porfito Town, Ill., and Daniel (Becky) Laudick of McHenry, Ill.; two daughters, Gina (Glenn) Oakley of Cabot, Alaska, and Tina (Mike) Daugherty of Cary, Ill., and two grandchildren, Shyla and Tara Laudick.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Laudick.
Funeral services were conducted in New Mexico.
Marie Emma Feucht, 71, of Latty, died at 6:57 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at her residence after an extended illness.
She was born October 4, 1931, in Elgin, Ill., the daughter of the late John and Emma (Schmidgall) Moser. On December 1, 1963, she married Alfred C. Feucht, who died July 30, 1999.
Mrs. Feucht formerly worked at the Elgin Watch Factory in Elgin, Ill. She was a homemaker and an avid gardener with both flowers and vegetables. She attended Latty Apostolic Christian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Paulette (Gary) Sinn and Joy (Steve) Sinn, both of Haviland; four sisters, Lucille Smith and Lois Schock, both of Elgin, Ill., Viola Metz of Fairbury, Ill., and Wilma Kieser of Bradford, Ill.; two brothers, Gene Moser of Elgin, Ill., and Lester Moser of Scottsdale, Ariz., and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold and Earl Moser, and two sisters, Bernice Martin and Donna Mae Moser.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church, with church clergymen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Calling hours are 2-9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at DenHerder Funeral Home in Paulding and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Apostolic Christian World Relief.
William "Bill" Merschman, 95, of Delphos, died at 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2004, at Roselawn Manor nursing home in Spencerville.
He was born December 23, 1908, in Cloverdale, the son of the late Frank and Katherine (Kline) Merschman. He married Elizabeth Martin, who died October 29, 1993.
Mr. Merschman retired from Fruehoff Corp., where he worked as a security guard. He was a member of St. John the Evangelistic Catholic Church in Delphos and Delphos Eagles Aerie 471. He enjoyed camping, fishing and playing cards at the Senior Citizens center.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, John Merschman, in 1969; four brothers, Lawrence, Harry, Al and Leo Merschman, and four sisters, Clara Landwehr, Anna Krontz, Mary Wallen and Veronica Kartcher.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, April 16, at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos, with Father Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Senior Citizens.
Harold A. Mohr, 66, of Van Wert, died at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
He was born September 20, 1937, in Dixon, the son of the late William F. and Cordia (Busch) Mohr.
Mr. Mohr was retired from Teleflex Corporation in Van Wert and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
Survivors include a son, Michael (Crystal) Mohr of Biloxi, Miss.; two daughters, Pam (Brad) Knodel and Melissa (John) Ashbaugh, both of Van Wert; three brothers, Fred (Sarah) Mohr of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Don (Jo) Mohr and Robert (Pat) Mohr, both of Van Wert; three sisters, Leona Brady of Tonica, Ill., Mae (Virgil) McClure of Convoy and Helen (Clinton) Doctor of Hoagland, Ind., and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kim Allen Mohr, and three sisters, Esther Keltner, Ethel Polnow and Florence Kessler.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, the Rev. Doug Stockton officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
Howard Leis, 94, of Elida, died at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.
He was born April 22, 1909, in Amanda Township/Southworth in Allen County, Ohio, the son of the late Jesse Moore and Cora May (Miller) Leis. On May 27, 1930, he married Opal Marie Baker, who also preceded him in death.
Mr. Leis taught at Jennings Township country school in Van Wert County for three years and was superintendent at Elida City Schools during World War II. He was employed in the Elida school system from 1931-1968, during which time he was a teacher, baseball and basketball coach, principal and athletic director. He also taught in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Community Schools from 1968-1975, was a real estate broker from 1975-1990 and worked summers at Superior Coach and the Tank Plant, both in Lima. He was a graduate of Spencerville High School in 1927, Ohio Northern University in 1937 and Indiana University in 1947. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, a life member of the National Education Association and Ohio Education Association, Elks Lodge, Eagles and served on the Elida Board of Public Affairs.
Survivors include a son, Don (Phyllis) Leis of Elida; two grandsons, Brad (Ginny) Leis and Mike (Cindy) Leis; a granddaughter, Jeni Leis; nine great-grandchildren, Amanda, Trevor, Andrew, Maggie, Emily, Sydney, Katie, Jon and Will Leis, and two nephews, Scott Leis and Lynn (Linda) Miller.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Harter & Son Memorial Chapel in Delphos. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery in Elida.
Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spencerville Museum.
Treva E. Harber, 94, of Celina and formerly of Van Wert County, died at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at Wapakoneta Manor nursing home.
She was born November 21, 1909, the daughter of the late Joseph Newton and Bertha Mae (Hartman) DeCamp.
Ms. Harber managed the Merit Shoe Stores in Van Wert and Wapakoneta. She was a shut-in member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Moulton.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Fisher of Columbus and Rose Marie Werner of Wapakoneta; eight grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Homer and Arthur DeCamp.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, April 19, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Joy Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
There will be no public calling hours.
Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church in Moulton.