From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, December 28, 2000
BRYAN - Paul Herschel Campbell, 89, Bryan, died Thursday in Community Hospital Williams County-Bryan.
He was born Sept. 3, 1911, in Bruceville, Ind., the son of J.Y. and Dlinger Campbell. In 1933, he married Iva Mock, who survives. He was a machinist at the Aro Corp., Bryan, retiring in 1976. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan and a former member of Bryan Moose Lodge 1064.
Also surviving are two sons, Ted of Columbus, Ind., and Tom, Mill Valley, Calif.; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan, with Rev. Dwight Bower officiating. Burial will be in Shiffler Cemetery, Bryan. Visitation is from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to Williams County Senior Center.
CONTINENTAL - Mary Esther Boggs, 94, Continental, died at 4:45 a.m. Thursday in Paradise Oaks Quality Care Center, Cloverdale.
She was born June 26, 1906, in Continental, the daughter of Fred and Minnie (Castle) Wing. In 1935, she married Lloyd Boggs, who died in 1986. She retired as a cafeteria worker from Continental Local Schools.
Surviving is a sister, Ruth Shire, Continental.
Also preceding her in death were six brothers, Dan, Ross, Shell, Charles, Ralph and Cloyd Wing; and a sister, Pearl Bonecutter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Continental, with Rev. Bruce Vincent officiating. Burial will be in Monroe Cemetery, Continental. Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. today and after 9 a.m. Saturday.
Preferred memorials are to a charity of the donor's choice.
NAPOLEON - Ronald (Lude) J. Ludeman, 64, Napoleon, died Wednesday evening in Henry County Hospital, Napoleon.
He was born Feb. 22, 1936, in Napoleon, the son of Herschall and Erma (Overhulse) Ludeman. A U.S. Army veteran, he worked for Gerken Paving and Material Co., Napoleon, for more than 30 years. He was a member of Whitehouse American Legion Post 384 and AMVETS Post 1313, Napoleon.
Surviving are a son, Chad, Whitehouse; two daughters, Davi Hitt of Napoleon and Mrs. Brad (Tina) Kanary, Toledo; three sisters, Connie Holers of Quitman, La., and Suzi Slight and Barb Bockelman, both of Napoleon; and five grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, Lester.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with Chaplain George Willis officiating. Burial will be in Hoy Cemetery, Harrison Township, with military honors conducted by American Legion Post 384. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. today.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association's Henry County chapter, Henry County Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice.
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla. - Lenora Sehlmeyer, 70, North Fort Myers, died Tuesday in her home.
She was born May 6, 1930, in Hamler, the daughter of Henry and Emma (Badenhop) Dachenhaus. In 1951, she married Walter Sehlmeyer, who died in 1971. In 1974, she married Ernest Sehlmeyer, who survives.
Also surviving are six sons, Robert, Daniel and Steven, all of Napoleon, Michael of Marion, James of Westchester and Todd, Sherwood; a daughter, Debra Armey, Napoleon; a stepson, Rick; a brother, Leonard Dachenhaus, Napoleon; two sisters, Loretta Meyer and Irene Glore, both of Hamler; and 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a brother, Eldon Dachenhaus; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Napoleon, with Revs. Norman Koy and Peter Marcis officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Tuesday at the church.
Preferred memorials are to Hospice of Lee County, Fla.; American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.
Services for Violet E. Wagner were held Thursday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Luhring officiating. Burial was in Ice Cemetery. Pallbearers were Robert and James Crist, Jeff and Chris Wagner and Brandon and Brock Werling. Honorary pallbearer was Doug Crist.
DESHLER - Robert Beam, 80, Deshler, died at 11:45 p.m. Thursday in Putnam Acres Care Center, Ottawa.
He was born May 12, 1920, in Lenawee, Mich., the son of Franklin and Hazel (Belle) Beam. In 1942, he married Martha Jane Rader, who survives. He was a farmer, a member of Farm Bureau and Oakdale United Methodist Church, a former officer with Deshler Farmer's Club and active with Maumee Valley Pony Pullers.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Janet) Tackett, Deshler; a sister, Bernita Blasius, Deshler; and four grandchildren, two stepgrandsons, four great-grandchildren and five great-stepgrandchildren.
Preceding him in death were two brothers, Donald and Ernest; and three sisters, Helen Moffitt, Thelma Myles and Alice Hudson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler, with Pastor Kathleen Richards officiating. Burial will be in West Belmore Cemetery, Belmore. Visitation will be from 2-9 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to services Sunday.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, December 31, 2000
DELPHOS - Marcile Brabant, 95, Delphos, died at 12:40 p.m. Friday in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born Feb. 7, 1905, in Ottoville, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Huber) Rayman. In 1924, she married Sylvester Brabant, who died in 1969. She worked at Delphos Equity Store for 17 years and was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and Eagles Auxiliary 471, both of Delphos.
Surviving are a son, Richard, Delphos; three daughters, Mrs. Franklin (Betty) Hawk of Defiance, Mrs. Bud (Dorothy) Martin of Wapakoneta and Mrs. Frank (Shelva) Schoonover, Haviland; and 19 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a daughter, Florence Metcalf; three brothers, Dan, Bernard and Norbert Brabant; and three sisters, Chrisalda Davis, Wilma Bensack and Lucille Sheckler.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the church, with Rev. Thomas Gorman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday in Harter and Son Memorial Chapel, Delphos, with a parish wake service at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
FARMERS, Ky. - Former area resident Roger Dale Collins, 36, Farmers, died Friday at University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, after a long illness.
He was born Oct. 21, 1964, in Ashland, Ky., the son of Frank and Janet (Mynhier) Collins. In 1994, he married Cathy Henderson, who survives. He served in the Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and was a former maintenance worker for the Village of Hicksville, Ohio. He was a member of Hicksville Eagles Aerie 2556 and a former member of the Farmers Volunteer Fire Department.
Also surviving are his parents, Farmers; three daughters, Staci of Morehead and Samantha and Halie, both of Farmers; and two brothers, Wendell of Farmers and Lonnie, Salt Lick.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in Lane-Stucky-Gray Funeral Home, Morehead, with Rev. Max Molihan officiating. Burial will be in Perry Cemetery, Morgan County.
NAPOLEON - Eva Margaret Sturdavant, 98, Napoleon, died Friday afternoon in the Lutheran Home, Napoleon.
She was born Aug. 18, 1902, in Henry County, the daughter of Delmar and Blanche (Fiser) Smith. In 1925, she married Orley Sturdavant, who died in 1989. She was a homemaker and a member of Sharon United Methodist Church, Henry County's Harrison Township, and United Methodist Women. She was also a 50-year member of Harrison Township Gleaners and a member of Harrison Township Women's Club.
Surviving are a son, Neal, Napoleon; three daughters, Mrs. Julian (Jeanelle) Rohrbaugh of Bryan, Anella Houts of Napoleon and Mrs. John (Linda) Yaney, Archbold; a brother, Donald Smith, McClure; and 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were a son, James; a daughter, Maralyn Huber; a sister, Marian Ziems; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Roger Fischer officiating. Burial will be in Hoy Cemetery, Harrison Township. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Tuesday in Walker Mortuary, Napoleon.
Preferred memorials are to the church, Napoleon Lutheran Home or charity of the donor's choice.
PIONEER - Roscoe D. Kepler, 90, Pioneer, died Saturday in Evergreen Nursing Home, Montpelier.
He was born June 17, 1910, in Dekalb County, Ind., the son of Vernon and Martha (McClintock) Kepler. In 1957, he married Tina Borton, who preceded him in death. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served during World War II. He worked as a mechanic in several garages in the area and worked at Strydel, Stryker, retiring in 1987.
Surviving are a stepson, Harold Borton, Holland; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Harold (Phyllis) Hulbert, Defiance; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were three brothers, Ferm, Chester and Arthur.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, Butler, Ind. Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday.
Services for Charles S. Custer were held Friday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, with Rev. Glen Whisler officiating. Music was provided by Lois and Dennis Hornish. Burial was in Poplar Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lowell Merillat, Nathan Plassman, Jeffrey Witter, Troy Weber, Chris Willitzer and Scott Seibel.
From the Crescent News, Defiance, Ohio, January 2, 2001
P. Jean Close
BELLEFONTAINE - Former Defiance-area resident P. Jean Close, 74, Bellefontaine, died at 11:32 p.m. Saturday in St. Rita's Medical Center, Lima.
She was born April 26, 1926, in Houcktown, the daughter of Jay and Ancel (Crates) Beagle. In 1946, she married O. Ray Close, who preceded her in death. She attended Bowling Green State University and was a 1968 graduate of Defiance College. She taught in the Ayersville Local, Eastwood and Bellefontaine school districts until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of the Ohio Retired Teachers' Association, Historical Society of Logan County and First United Methodist Church, Bellefontaine.
Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Tom (Linda) Baker of Upper Sandusky, Mrs. Daniel (Kayla) Miller of Loveland, Colo., Mrs. Gary (Janet) Fries of Bowling Green and Mrs. Mark (Beverly) Mellum, Bellefontaine; a brother, Robert Beagle, Willard; a sister, Mary Lou Cole, Orange, Calif.; and 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Also preceding her in death were her parents; and a brother, Morris Beagle.
Private services will be held in Crates Funeral Home, Arlington, with Rev. Reuben Mellum officiating. Burial will be in Dunkick Cemetery, Dunkirk. There will be no visitation.
Preferred memorials are to the church.
DESHLER - Willis J. Croninger, 79, Deshler, died Monday at Wood County Hospital, Bowling Green. Arrangements are pending at Rodenberger Funeral Home, Deshler.
EDON - Mabel May (Cogswell) Maugherman, 70, rural Edon, died Friday evening in Harborside Healthcare, Bryan.
She was born April 8, 1930, near Montpelier, the daughter of William Sr. and Zelma (Allion) Cogswell. In 1950, she married Jay Maugherman Jr. She was co-owner and operator of Maugherman's Hardware, Montpelier, from 1971-91; a member of Columbia Church of Christ and a former member of Rebekka Lodge, Fountain City Squares in Bryan and Williams County Saddle Club.
Surviving are her former husband, Edon; a son, Larry, Edon; a daughter, Mrs. Tom (Shelley) Kelble, Fremont, Ind.; five brothers, William Cogswell of Hillsdale, Mich., Moris Cogswell of Bryan, and Lawrence, Lyle and Lavern Cogswell, all of Montpelier; and six grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and four brothers, Alonzo, Leonard, Clair and Wayne Cogswell.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the church with Revs. Willard Delaney, Ronald Moser and Cliff Graves officiating. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer. Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. today in Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Preferred memorials are to the grandchildren's' education fund.
EDGERTON - Micheal J. Dangler, 22, rural Edgerton, died at 5:55 p.m. Saturday in Indiana University-Clarion Health Center, Indianapolis.
He was born Dec. 14, 1978, in Bryan, the son of Bonnie Dangler. In 1997, he married Donielle Wildes, who survives. He worked for Spangler Candy Co. and Dangler Construction, both in Bryan.
Also surviving are his mother, Bryan; a son, Tyler, at home; two daughters, Alyssa and Chelsea, both at home; a brother, Brad, Bryan; grandparents, Harold and Joyce Dangler, Bryan; and a great-grandmother, Violet Fulk, Payne.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton, with Rev. Steven Scrabeck officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton. Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the Dangler children's memorial fund.
NAPOLEON - James F. Palmer, 74, Napoleon, died Monday morning at Henry County Hospital, Napoleon.
He was born May 24, 1926, in Toledo, the son of Frank and Donelda (Parker) Palmer. In 1950, he married Evelyn Armbruster, who survives. He was a postal worker at Napoleon Post Office, retiring in 1984, after 30 years. He also worked at Napoleon Hardware, Snyder Chevrolet-Olds Co. and the former Par Three Golf Course. He was an elder at St. John's United Church of Christ, Holgate, where he served on the consistory and was the financial officer. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and U.S. Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was a life member of Napoleon American Legion Post 300, VFW Post 8218 and AMVETS Post 1313, a former commander of Bert G. Taylor American Legion Post 300 and received Melvin Jones Fellowship award in 1999. He was also a former president and district 13-A zone chairman with Napoleon Lions Club, serving as historian.
Also surviving are two sons, Mike of Arlington and Dave, Mansfield; a daughter, Mrs. Ron (Kathy) Bahler, Napoleon; two sisters, Mrs. Ralph (Jean) Knepley and Mrs. Dennis (Judy) Roehrig, both of Defiance; a stepmother, Lorna Palmer, St. Cloud, Fla.; a half brother, Doug, St. Cloud; and four grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Jerry; and a grandson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the church with Rev. Jean Carmen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites accorded by joint veterans' posts of Napoleon. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Mortuary, Napoleon, with a Lions Club service at 8:30 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to the church's memorial fund, Northwest Ohio Lions Eye Foundation or a charity of the donor's choice.
OCALA, Fla. - Donald E. Webster, 47, Ocala, died at 3:08 a.m. Sunday in Wayne Hospital, Greenville.
He was born July 3, 1953, in Van Wert, the son of Richard and Mary (Suddeth) Cramer. In 1995, he married Frances Taylor, who survives. He was a truck driver for Landstar Ranger, Jacksonville, and a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Also surviving are his mother, Ocala; two sons, Donald II of Albany, N.Y., and Randall Rosen, Fargo, N.D.; four daughters, Tammy of Albany, Stacey Ramsey of Ohio City, Jody of Portland, Ind., and Jennifer Rosen, Anchorage, Alaska.; four brothers, Richard Cramer of Kansas City, Kansas, Robert Cramer of Van Wert, John Cramer of Middle Point and Terry Webster, Glenmore; two sisters, Sharon Connelly of Bellevue and Debra Rosendahl, Van Wert; and four grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his father; and his adoptive parents, Richard and Vera Webster.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, with Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point, with military rites accorded by Van Wert American Legion and VFW posts. Visitation is from 2-5 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the American Heart Association.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Judy Ann Taylor, 54, South Bend, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday in Ironwood Health and Rehabilitation, South Bend.
She was born Jan. 5, 1946, in Hamilton, Ala., the daughter of Judge and Annie (Cox) Lewis. She worked at Campbell Soup Co. in Napoleon, and Johns Manville Corp., Defiance, for many years. She was a former member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Defiance and God's Church of Grace, Adrian, Mich.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Barry (Tonia) Lorentz of Fort Wayne and Amanda Davis, Mishawaka, Ind.; two brothers, Harlan Lewis of Spanish Fort, Ala., and Ray Lewis Sr., Tallahassee, Fla.; three sisters, Margie Kelly of Adrian, Germie White of Cullman, Ala., and Nellie Nix, Bryan; and three grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents; a stepfather, William Hoffman; a sister, Polly Phillips; and three brothers, Jack, Bill and Jerome Lewis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance, with Dr. Roger Braun officiating. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery, Fairfield, Mich. Visitation is after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Preferred memorials are to the family.
STRYKER - Harold G. Juillard, 88, Stryker, died Saturday in Community Hospitals of Williams County-Bryan.
He was born Sept. 30, 1912, in Stryker, the son of Sylvia and Pearl (Werder) Juillard. In 1948, he married Lydia Rupp, who survives. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service, was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and a member of Stryker's First Baptist Church and Yackee-Strong American Legion Post, Stryker.
Also surviving are three sons, George of Globe, Ariz., James of Santa Fe, N.M., and Thomas, Stryker; four daughters, Mrs. Fred (Lonnie) Memmer of Fremont, Jane Mobley of Snellville, Ga., Mrs. Neal (Kay) Strickland of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Susan, La Mesa, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) Willis, McLean, Va.; a brother, Donald, Stryker; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death was a brother, Millard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the church with Rev. Daniel Douglass officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Stryker. Visitation is from 2-9 p.m. today in Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Preferred memorials are to the church or a charity of the donor's choice.
DONNA, Texas - Word was received of the Dec. 25 death of former Defiance resident Lupita Leal DeLeon, 66, Donna, in Valley Baptist Medical Center, Harlingen.
She was born June 8, 1934, in Hargill, the daughter of Felix and Carmen Leal. In 1954, she married Gonzalo DeLeon, who survives. She was active in the Democratic campaigns of former Sen. M. Ben Gaeth and former Governor Richard Celeste. In 1972, she was chosen as a delegate at the National Convention in Washington, D.C., for George McGovern.
Also surviving are two daughters, Petra of Donna and Mrs. Mike (Yolanda) Robinson, San Benito; a brother, Fidel Leal, San Antonio; four sisters, Elena Moreland of Harlingen, Mrs. Joe (Ofelia) Garza and Mrs. Andy (Carmen) Rodgers, both of La Feria, and Concepcion Chacon, San Benito; and four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Friday in Guerra Funeral Home, Weslaco. Burial was in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Weslaco.
PIONEER - Services for Roscoe D. Kepler will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Hollingshead Funeral Home, West Unity, with Rev. Sue Babb officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery, Butler, Ind. Visitation is from 4-9 p.m. today. Among survivors is a stepson, Hal Borton, Holland.