The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Sep. 16, 2014

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POSTED: 12/28/10 at 3:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Info

Kellie Jo May was received into the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 2:20 a.m. Monday, September 15, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Kellie Jo May

Kellie Jo May

She was born January 14, 1974, in Van Wert, the daughter of Cynthia K. (Lewis) and Bradley D. Dickson. She adored her only son, Ian Daniel May of Mobile, Alabama.

Other survivors include two sisters, Lisa (Demond) Johnson of Van Wert and Andrea (Dedrick) Johnson of Wilmington, Delaware; her maternal grandmother, Mary Wilkolek, and her paternal grandmother, Mary (Jim) Bohnsack, both of Toledo.

Kellie was the proud aunt of her nieces and nephews, Michaella, Dru, Macy, Meah, and Dakari.

Her aunt and godmother, Karen Rick; her paternal grandfather, Doyt Dickson; a niece, Olivia Jo Johnson; and her maternal grandfathers, John Wilkolek and Raymond Lewis Sr., also preceded her in death.

Kellie was a 1992 graduate of Van Wert High School and a 1996 graduate of Mobile College. She was a teacher at Indian Springs Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama, where she loved her third- and fifth-grade students. She was recently a teacher’s aide at First United Methodist Preschool in Van Wert. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, creating paper crafts, reading and watching Disney movies.

She was a member of First United Methodist Church and a faithful disciple of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 18, at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or to Kellie’s 13-year-old son, Ian Daniel May.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/15/14 at 5:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert F. Fowler of Van Wert died at 10:48 a.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born June 6, 1934, in Va Wert, the son of the late Forrest and Elizabeth (Milbourne) Fowler. In 1959, he married Julianne Fowler, who preceded him in death on October 9, 2012.

Survivors include four children, Patricia (Kenneth) Fast of Moundsville, West Virginia, Beth (John) Krochmal of Galloway, Catherine (Todd) Kette of Powell, and Jim (Adrienne) Fowler of Marietta, Georgia; a brother, Charles (Cathy) Fowler of Paulding; one sister, Helen Mankey of Decatur, Indiana; and nine grandchildren.

A son, Jeffrey Fowler; and one brother, Bill Fowler, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or the Ohio Northern University Raabe College of Pharmacy.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/14/14 at 4:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Shirley A. Hunsaker of Grover Hill, died at 12:27 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born August 9, 1942, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Samuel Leroy and Kathryn (Miller) Dotson. On December 16, 1960, she married DeWayne L. Hunsaker, who survives in Grover Hill.

Other survivors include two children, Tim (Cindy) Hunsaker of Springboro and Teresa Hunsaker of Van Wert; two sisters, Phyllis Ross and Cindy (Don) Showalter, both of Grover Hill; and three grandchildren.

A brother, Gary Dotson, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 17, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Revs. Justin Sterrett and Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/14/14 at 4:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dorothy Esther “Dot” Burtch, 82, of Rockford, died at 11:56 p.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, at Lima Memorial Health System.

She was born November 14, 1931, the daughter of the late Herbert E. and Connie E. (Felver) Levihn. On July 17, 1954, she married Thomas E. Burtch, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include a daughter, Susie Christman of Huntertown, Indiana; five sons, Tom (Lori) Burtch, Ed (Misty) Burch and Mike (Melissa) Burtch, all of Rockford, John (Tina) Burtch of Westerville, and Robert (Cheryl) Burtch of Minster; 15 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Robert and Herbert Levihn; one sister, Margaret Levihn; and a son-in-law, Dan Christman, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 16, at New Horizons Community Church in Rockford, with the Rev. Dr. Jeffery Grazma officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Monday, September 15, and an hour prior to services Tuesday, all at the church.

Preferred memorials: Wernle Children’s Home in Richmond, Indiana, or the American Red Cross in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Arrangements were handled by Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford.

Online condolences may be left at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 09/12/14 at 7:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Everett E. Stidham, 62, of Van Wert, died at 4 a.m. Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born December 30, 1951, the son of Bonnie R. Stidham, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Everett Stidham. On August 22, 2003, he married Debbie A. (Mayes) Stidham, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include two sons, Shawn (Jade) Wisener of Wapakoneta and Josh Wisener of Celina; three grandchildren; a brother, Mike Stidham of Wren; and three sisters, Debbie Wiess of Willshire Mary Catherine Carpenter of Van Wert and Nerda Napier of St. Marys.

A son, Dale Stidham, also preceded him in death.

There will be no funeral service

Calling hours are from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, September 20, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, 111 N. Shannon St. in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.

POSTED: 09/11/14 at 6:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

K. Scott Pearson, 61, of Van Wert, died Friday, September 5, 2014, at his residence.

He was born September 14, 1952, in Greenville, the son of the late Don and June (Shurte) Pearson. He married Ramona J. (Helms) Pearson, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Jason M. Pearson and Cody M. Pearson, both of Van Wert; and a sister, Rhonda Pearson of Greenville.

A son, Kelly M. Pearson, also preceded him in death.

A memorial/birthday/chili party carry-in will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 13, at the Ohio State University Extension meeting room, located in the Administration Building on the Van Wert County Fairgrounds.

There will no calling hours.

Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/09/14 at 4:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Opal Colegrove, 78, of Convoy, died at 6:10 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2014, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

Opal Colegrove

Opal Colegrove

She was born February 25, 1936, in Harlan County, Kentucky, the daughter of the late David and Catherine (Taylor) Wilson. On March 20, 1956, she married Orbie Melvin Colegrove, who preceded her in death on October 28, 2003.

Survivors include two daughters, Jamie L. (Stuart) Ramos of Convoy and Vickie S. (Dennis) Schulte of Van Wert; a brother, Omar; three sisters, Jeannie, Ellen and Evie; five grandchildren, Denae (Steve) Bishop, Nick (Lindsay) Schulte, Jordan White, Tyler White and Olivia Ramos; and two great-grandchildren, Jack Bishop and Bella Schulte.

Five brothers, Jerry, Clyde, Orville, Earl and James; and a sister, Christine, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Colegrove had been a hostess at McDonald’s restaurant in Van Wert and was a babysitter for several area families over the years.

She attended Jennings Road Church of Christ in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 11, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor David Ray officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, and an hour prior to services Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Online condolences may be left at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 09/08/14 at 8:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marilyn L. Kwascigroh, 81, of Van Wert, died at 12:40 a.m. Monday, September 8, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born November 19, 1932, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Carmen and Wilma (Lake) Long.

Survivors include two children, John Kwascigroh of Kimmel, Indiana, and Sharon Flint of Paulding; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many stepgrandchildren.

A son, Paul Kwascigroh; and one brother, Don Long, also preceded her in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 9, at Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorial: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/08/14 at 8:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Carol Jean Graves, 80, of St. Marys, died at 6 p.m. Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the St. Marys Living Center.

She was born June 10, 1934, the daughter of the late Herbert H. and Viola (Bollenbacher) Kuhn.

Survivors include two sons, Mike Graves of Muscatine, Iowa, and Mark (Lisa) Graves of St. Marys; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Vernon (Vera) Kuhn of Rockford, Orville Kuhn of Tucson, Arizona, and Chalmer (Pat) Kuhn of Hollywood, Florida; two sisters, Dalila “Becky” Hays of Rockford and Dorothy Rupert of Largo, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Jane Kuhn of Rockford.

A brother, Robert Gerald Kuhn, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, September 11, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, at one hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Grand Lake Hospice.

Online condolences may be left at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 09/08/14 at 8:20 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

William R. Pancake, 90, of Van Wert, died at 10:55 p.m. Saturday, September 6, 2014, in Van Wert.

He was born February 11, 1924, in Van Wert County, the son of the late William and Fannie (Sheets) Pancake. He married Jeanne (Thomas) Pancake, who preceded him in death on May 7, 1981. On December 28, 1983, he married Mildred E. (Weichart) Youngpeter, who died December 8, 2013.

Survivors include four children, Barbara (Dale) Eppley of Somerset, Indiana, Judy (Gary) Painter of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Luanne (Doug) Watson of Convoy, and Jane (Lynn) Oechsle of Convoy; a stepson, Neal (Lola) Youngpeter of Arizona; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Helen Pancake of New Haven, Indiana; and several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

A son-in-law, Denny Summersett; five brothers, Harold, Kenneth, Lawrence, Carl and Herb Pancake; and three sisters, Lucille Kolbow, Betty Ruble and Mary Ruble, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, September 12, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, September 11, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 09/08/14 at 1:31 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries