Hites, Michael E., 60
Services for Michael E. Hites will be 11 a.m. Friday at Price Funeral Home, Kenton, by Pastors Steve Hess and Clyde McCall. Burial will follow in Grove Cemetery.
Friends may call 3-8 p.m. Thursday.
He died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2004, at his home.
He was born Jan. 21, 1944, in Hardin County, to James Robert Hites and Laverne (Roby) Lamb and his mother survives in Kenton. He married Karen Lynn Newland on May 29, 1964, in Kenton, and she survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Tina M. (Steve) Flowers and Lisa S. (Glen) Ratliff, both of Kenton; a son, Michael R. of Kenton; six grandchildren, Ian, Eric, Jessica, Michael, Anthony and Hannah; and a brother, Jim (Jerri Lynn) Hites of Kenton.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers, Russ and Jerry.
He retired in 2001 from ArvinMeritor after 30 years of working as a welder.
He was a member of the Hardin County Cruisers and enjoyed restoring and building street rods.
Memorials may be made to Hardin County Hospice.
Robert Mitsch Sr.
CAREY - Robert Grant Mitsch Sr., formerly of Carey and a resident of Coshocton for the past four years, died at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima at 9:22 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004. He was 73.
Born in Harpster on Sept. 25, 1930, he was a son of Ernest H. and Gladys M. (Kinley) Mitsch. He married Velta Fay Spradlin, and they divorced.
Surviving are two daughters, Debra Keenan, Marysville; and Barbara Handshoe, Lima; two sons, Robert Jr., Carey; and Randall, Hamilton, Ind.; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ben Eva Hayman and Ernestine Brecht, Carey; and Marilyn Mundy, Forest; and two brothers, Richard, Jackson, Mich.; and Bernard, Forest.
Mr. Mitsch retired on Aug. 31, 1995, as a supervisor at Porcelain Products Co. after 46 years of employment.
He attended Beech Grove Wesleyan Church, Carey.
Mr. Mitsch also was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 344 in Carey.
The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, Carey, with the Rev. Floyd Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey, where military graveside rites will be conducted by local veterans' organizations. Visitation is at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Thursday and from 12-2 p.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation or the Carey Food Pantry in care of Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey OH 43316.
Pablo Sanchez Morales of Upper Sandusky, died at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg. He was 19.
Born in Jumiltepec, Morelos, Mexico, on June 29, 1985, he was a son of Adrian Sanchez Monge and Telma Morales Cazares. Both survive in Jumiltepec. He married Santa Aguilar Rivas, and she survives in Jumiltepec.
Also surviving are a daughter, Michelle; three sisters, M. Isabel Sanchez Morales, Upper Sandusky; Catalina Sanchez Morales, Jumiltepec; and Angeles A. Sanchez Morales, Jumiltepec; and three brothers, Jose Fabian Sanchez Morales, Passaic, N.J.; Antonio Sanchez Morales, Upper Sandusky; and Natalio Sanchez Morales, Jumiltepec.
Mr. Morales was a laborer with Silverline Windows in Marion. He enjoyed listening to music and keeping in touch with his family in Mexico.
The funeral will be Saturday at 8 p.m. at Lucas Funeral Home in Upper Sandusky, with the Rev. Kent Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Mexico at a later date. Visitation is Saturday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the organization of the donorís choice.
Jeffrey Lewis Southward of 951 Winding Hollow Lane, Upper Sandusky, died at his residence Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2004. He was 43.
Arrangements are pending at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home.
BUCYRUS - Myron "Mike" Stinehelfer, 84, Bucyrus, died at 4:43 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, at Fairview Manor in Bucyrus.
Born on July 21, 1917, in North Robinson, he was a son of Ralph and Inez (Nelson) Stinehelfer. He was married Sept. 4, 1938, to Barbara Elizabeth Holt. She died July 11, 2000.
Surviving are two daughters, Dixie Striker, Bucyrus; and Jennie Swanson, Auburn, Wash.; three sons, Paul, Bucyrus; Michael, Solon; and Norris, Upper Sandusky; 22 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Rudd, Titus, Ala. He was preceded in death by a son, Ivan; a grandchild; a great-grandchild; a sister; and three brothers.
Mr. Stinehelfer retired from Timken in 1980 after 21 years, where he was a welder. Before this, he worked at Ohio Crane Co. for 20 years, and also farmed and gardened.
He was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church, and the Builders Sunday school class.
Mr. Stinehelfer moved from North Robinson to Bucyrus 63 years ago, and was a former Bucyrus City Council member. He bred and showed Dutch rabbits from the local to international levels. He was a member of the Richland County Dutch Rabbit Breeders Association, and a former secretary and judge of the National Dutch Rabbit Breeders Association. He was an inductee into the American Dutch Rabbit Club Hall of Fame.
The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Woodlawn United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Bob Mathias officiating. Burial will be in Cardington Cemetery. Visitation is Thursday at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home in Bucyrus, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the church renovation fund or the Fairview Manor dining room furniture fund.
KENTON - Kevin K. Kearns, 47, of McGuffey, died at 2:25 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at St. Rita's Medical Center in Lima.
He was born in Hardin County on Oct. 21, 1956, to Leslie "Pete" Kearns and Donna Engle. His parents preceded him in death.
Surviving are his stepmother, Clara Kearns, McGuffey; a son; a sister, Vanessa Kearns, Kansas City, Kan.; a stepsister, Marge Hougendobler, Forest; three half-brothers, John Kearns, Rushylvania; Doug Engle, Manhattan, Kan.; and Dennis Engle, Kenton; three stepbrothers, Dean Fruchey, Sidney; Rodney Fruchey, Zanesfield; and Jack Engle, Virginia; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, George Engle.
Mr. Kearns was a truck driver for Cessna Transport. He was a member of the Kenton Moose Family Center.
The funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Price Funeral Home in Kenton, with the Rev. Troy Underhill officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Hardin County Cancer Society.
Paul Fry Sr.
FINDLAY -Paul E. "Happy Trails" Fry Sr., of rural Hancock County, died at 6:23 a.m. Monday, Sept. 6, 2004, in the emergency room of Blanchard Valley Regional Health Center. He was 61.
A son of Harold W. and Esther (Beck) Fry, he was born in Hancock County on July 10, 1943. On April 4, 1964, he married Rosemary Perkins in Arcadia. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Paul Jr., Findlay; and Jason, Tiffin; four daughters, Teresa Crace, Findlay; Tracy Fry, Carey; Tami Wyatt II, Carey; and Terri Fry, Findlay; nine grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley and Christopher Crace, Kassandra and Dalton Fry, Dylan and Jessica Wyatt, Derek Fry and Dakota Archer; three brothers, Ralph, Larry and Roger Fry, Findlay; and four sisters, Shirley Einkopf and Jane Jarrett, Warsaw; Patricia Van DerVeer, Findlay; and Cathy Loudenslager, Vanlue. He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffry.
A 1961 graduate of Vanlue High School, Mr. Fry was a self-employed truck driver for 40 years, and owner of Fry Family Enterprises LLC.
He was a member of Ridge Chapel Church of the Nazarene, where he was a former Sunday school teacher, church board member, choir member and Sunrise Breakfast chairman for many years.
Mr. Fry enjoyed his Gold Wing motorcycle, farming, gardening, trucking and working in the shop. He served as a Red Coat at Ohio State football games.
The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Ridge Chapel Church of the Nazarene, with the Revs. Matthew Doerle, Harley Duncan and Buck Traylor officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Coldren-Crates Funeral Home, and for an hour before the service at the church.
Memorials may be made to North Central Ohio Church of the Nazarene Heaven Train Ministries.
Charles Eugene Potts, 71, formerly of Marseilles and more recently of 304 Front St., Upper Sandusky, died at 2 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2004, at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.
Born on Oct. 13, 1932, in Barberton, he was a son of Gerald Potts and Irene Andrews. He married Mary Jayne Kennedy on Sept. 17, 1955, at Marseilles United Methodist Church. She survives.
Also surviving are a daughter, Pamela Bennett, Upper Sandusky; a son, Dennis, Marion; eight grandchildren, Courtney and Chelsea Bennett, Danielle, Jason, Gregory and Miranda Potts, Brandon Primmer, and Alex Justice; a brother, Junior Potts, Shelby; a sister, Barbara Stiving, Mansfield; three half-sisters, Georgegene Gooding, Florida; Stacy Harris, Prospect; and Cynthia James, Marion; and five half-brothers, Alan Potts, Utah; Harold Potts, Marion; Foy Potts, Marion; Michael Potts, Delaware; and Mark Potts, Meeker. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, Rowena Potts; and stepfather, George Walker.
A 1950 graduate of Meeker High School, Mr. Potts worked for Quaker Oats in Marion for 40 years in the canning department. He also had worked for Cunninghamís/Martyís IGA for 12 years stocking shelves and carrying out groceries.
He was a member of the Marseilles United Methodist Church and a former MYF leader.
Mr. Potts was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division. He was a former assistant fire chief and a lifetime member of the Marseilles Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 225, coached Marseilles Little League baseball for 15 years, was an EMT volunteer for the Wyandot County EMS and a former member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary in Bucyrus. Mr. Potts enjoyed watching his grandchildrenís sporting events and dance programs, shopping, traveling, collecting clocks, guns, coins, pens, statues and eagles, having morning coffee, meeting with his high school classmates and talking with everyone.
The funeral will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home with the Rev. Tim Benjamin officiating. Burial will be in Old Mission Cemetery, where military graveside rites will be conducted by local veteransí organizations. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Marseilles United Methodist Church, Marseilles Volunteer Fire Department, Wyandot County EMS or the Upper Sandusky Girls Softball Association in care of Bringman-Clark and Co. Funeral Home, PO Box 246, Upper Sandusky OH 43351.
AUSTINTOWN - Dolores M. Graham of Austintown, died Saturday morning, Sept. 4, 2004, at her residence at the age of 38.
Born on June 9, 1966, in Wayne, Mich., she was a daughter of John and Joanann Simonds. She married David Graham on Sept. 29, 1987. He survives.
Also surviving are her parents; two children, David and Erin; a sister, Gail Simonds; a brother, John Simonds III; and three nieces and three nephews.
Mrs. Graham graduated from Wayne High School in 1984. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was an English teacher at Girard High School.
There is no visitation or service. Lane Funeral Homes in Austintown is handling arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Dolores Graham Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of PO Box 4160, Austintown OH 44515.