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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

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

Kim Lee Chehi, 59, of Defiance, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the Twin Rivers Care and Rehabilitation Center in Defiance.

He was born June 20, 1957, in Paulding, the son of Lewis and Helen (Westfall) Chehi, who both preceded him in death. He married Linda (Deatrick) Chehi, who survives in Defiance.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include a daughter, Janine Maxine; one stepson, Terry; a stepdaughter, Sandy; two sisters, Betty Sprow of Hicksville and Pam (Ivan) Talmage of Grand Rapids; and many nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Ethel Maxine (Chehi) McCague and Phyllis Kay (Chehi) Denning; and five brothers, Lewis Rayburn Chehi, Robert Ronald Chehi, David Ray Chehi, Bruce Allen Chehi, and Dennis Lynn Chehi, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 17, at Zion Lutheran Church in Defiance, with Pastor Timothy G. Reynolds officiating. Burial will follow in in Riverside Cemetery in Defiance, with graveside military honors rendered by Amvets Post 1991 at the church and cemetery.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.schafferfh.com.

POSTED: 12/09/16 at 6:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Augusta “Gussie” VanAutreve of Delphos passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

She was born August 11, 1922, in Delphos, the daughter of August and Thresia (Seffernick) Fuerst, who both preceded her in death. On June 1, 1946, she married Edgar VanAutreve, who died August 11, 2016.

Survivors include three children, Mike (Patti) VanAutreve of Dayton, and Toni VanAutreve and Tom (Cindy) VanAutreve, both of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Urban Fuerst of Delphos.

Four sisters, Veronica “Fronnie” Rode, Rita Mater, Ella Rosa “Ellie” Bohnlein, and Alvena “Vena” Fuerst, also preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Monday, December 12, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, December 11, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. John’s Parish Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 12/08/16 at 10:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

E. Marcile Hoghe, 96, of Van Wert, passed away at 9:39 a.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born March 13, 1920, a daughter of Logan and Pearl (Strohl) Baer, who both preceded her in death. On September 10, 1939, she married Gayle F. Hoghe, who died July 4, 2007, after 68 years of marriage.

Marcile is survived by two sons, Timothy L. (Colleen) Hoghe and Brad L. (Denise) Hoghe; two brothers, James (Ruth) Baer of Provo, Utah, and Jerry (Rosemary) Baer of Loveland, Colorado; 12 grandchildren; 25-great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Ed Hoehn.

A son, Carl F. (Patricia) Hoghe; and one daughter, Tonnetta “Tonnie” Hoehn, also preceded her in death.

Marcile was a 1938 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials: Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were handled by Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or emailed to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.

POSTED: 12/08/16 at 7:01 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John L. Marshall, 70, of Van Wert, passed away at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a courageous, hard-fought, three-year battle with colon cancer.

John L. Marshall

John L. Marshall

John was born August 3, 1946, to John C. and Evelyn (Froney) Marshall, who both preceded him in death. On May 12, 1990, he married Therese (Jacobs) Marshall, who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Karri) Marshall of Centerville and Jason (Niki) Krol of Decatur, Indiana; two daughters, Dawn Marshall of Cary, North Carolina, and Lisa (Ron) Schomaeker of Payne. He is also survived by his sister, Sharon Hoover of Abbeville, Louisiana; a brother-in-law, Anthony (Jennifer) Jacobs of Pickerington; his mother-in-law, Carmen Jacobs of Van Wert; and six grandchildren, London Marshall, Bailey, Macee, and Dodger Krol, and Shayla and Kellen Schomaeker. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A brother-in-law, Claude Hoover; his sister-in-law, Rosemary Hegemeier; twin nephews, Lyle and Kyle Hoover; and three brothers by heart, Carl Booher, Spike Haines, and Bob Germann, also preceded him in death.

John enjoyed spending time with his family and his little puppy, Princess. He also enjoyed riding his Harleys, taking his 1965 Buick Gran Sport to car shows, going to flea markets, building model cars, and going to the shooting range. He always looked forward to his annual trip Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, with his wife. John had a great sense of humor and was quite a talker. He was always there to lend a hand or give advice when people needed him and that is why he will be missed by many. He organized and ran many car shows in the Van Wert area.

John and his wife were grand marshals for the 2015 Peony Festival Parade. People always wanted a copy of John’s famous sloppy joe recipe, which he served at several events over the years.

He retired from Eaton (Aeroquip) Corporation in 2008 after 37 years of service. John also retired from the Ohio National Guard as a sergeant first class after 20 years of service. He received the Army Commendation Medal in 1989.

John served as First Ward Councilman for the City of Van Wert from January 2008 to September 2016, and he was very instrumental in getting the town cleaned up. He also had served on the Solid Waste Management Board, the Woodland Cemetery Board, the hot Air Festival Committee, the Peony Festival Committee, and the Wheels and Wings Committee. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 6034, American Legion Post 178, Van Wert County Outdoorsmen Association, Tri State Gun Collectors Club, and the National Rifle Association. He was a 1964 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, where he served as an usher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday, December 12, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Stanley Szybka and Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors rendered by combined units of Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, December 11, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, where a rosary service will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Fire Department, the Van Wert County Humane Society, or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/07/16 at 6:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jacqueline J. Bates, 86, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:58 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Hearth & Home in Van Wert.

Jacqueline Bates

Jacqueline J. Bates

She was born February 1, 1930, in Van Wert, the daughter of J. Howard and Josephine (Hawkins) King, who both preceded her in death. On April 29, 1961, she married Edwin L. Bates, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Jeff (Jan) Bates of Perrysburg and M. Scott Bates of Van Wert.

A sister, Gloria Stittsworth, also preceded her in death.

Jacqueline was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. She was also a member and volunteer for the American Red Cross and was a member of the Thomas Edison Mothers Club.

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials: Thomas Edison Endowment Fund in Van Wert or State of the Heart Hospice in Greenville.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/07/16 at 5:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Sandra Marie (Strawser) Altenburger, 66, of Van Wert, passed away Tuesday morning, December 6, 2016, from heart and lung problems.

She was born February 9, 1950, the daughter of David W. and Mildred I. (Rohlf) Strawser, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, James Altenburger; three sisters, Frances (Roger) Gates, Alice Odaffer, and Ruby Hollingsworth; a half-sister, Grace Ann (Mel) Baker; two brothers, Gerald (Etta) Strawser and Gale Strawser; her son, Brent Strawser; three daughters, Jodi Strawser, Nicole Blythe, and Casey Blythe; two stepdaughters, Stacy (Tony) Gress and Kelly (Matt) Greve; a son-in-law, Luis Villalpando; five grandsons; 12 granddaughters; and two great-grandchildren.

An infant daughter, Christy Strawser; and a younger sister, Cheryl Clark, also preceded her in death.

There will no viewing or visitation, but a celebration of her life for family and friends will be conducted from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at First United Brethren in Christ Church in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: Ohio State University Hospital in Columbus.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/07/16 at 5:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Calli Marie Debacher of Decatur, Indiana, was stillborn at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur.

Survivors include her parents, Brent Moody and Elizabeth Marie Debacher, who both survive in Decatur; maternal grandmother Linda Moyer of Decatur; maternal grandfather Michael Debacher of Van Wert; a maternal great-grandmother, Jeannie Carpenter of Convoy; and two brothers, Kodi Buckland and Kolton Debacher, at home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 9, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home

POSTED: 12/07/16 at 5:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert V. Hagenno, 97, of Van Wert and formerly of Peotone, Illinois, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, December 3, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

He was born June 15, 1919, in Peotone, the son of Elmer and Marie (Seitz) Hagenno who both preceded him in death. On August 17, 1940, he married Iona “Blanche” (Whitlow) Hagenno, who died July 31, 2014.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Agler of Van Wert and Barbara Hunt of Medina; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

A son-in-law, Joseph Agler; and two sisters also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from noon-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/05/16 at 4:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Paul Walworth “Wally” Purmort, 88, of Van Wert, passed away at 3:30 a.m. Friday, December 3, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Paul W. "Wally" Purmort

Paul W. “Wally” Purmort

He was born October 8, 1928, in Van Wert, the son of Paul Walworth and Dorothy (Wells) Purmort, who both preceded him in death. He married Laura G. (Gold) Purmort, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011He is also survived by a son, David Walworth (Jackie) Purmort  of Denver, Colorado; one daughter, Sara (David) Murphy of Grand Rapids, Michigan; four grandchildren, Laura (Derek) DeHaan, Megan (fiancé Rolando Zendejas) Murphy, Hannah Purmort, and Joseph Walworth Purmort; two great-grandchildren, Emmett DeHaan and Isaiah Zendejas; a brother, James Roger Wells (Marsha) Purmort of Sarasota, Florida; and a sister-in-law, Cerita Purmort of Sarasota, Florida.

A brother, Clyde Allen LaDoyt Purmort, also preceded him in death.

Wally was a member and an elder of First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert. He was a retired senior vice president with Central Insurance Company of Van Wert, and had also been an agent and co-owner of Purmort Brothers Insurance Company in Van Wert.

Wally had a very strong love for his family. He also had a passion for the children at the Marsh Foundation in Van Wert. He was not only a trustee for 28 years, but also attended many children’s programs, horse shows, and played pool with them on Sunday afternoons. He was also a former trustee of the Van Wert County Foundation; a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Delta Phi, and Sigma Chi fraternities, Van Wert Rotary Club, and the Van Wert Masonic Lodge.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 10, at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. A private family graveside service, with military honors rendered, will be held at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Hospice Center or the Marsh Foundation.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/04/16 at 4:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gregg E. Markley, 62, of Scott, passed away at 9 p.m. Friday, December 3, 2016, shortly after arrival at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

He was born February 26, 1954, in Van Wert, the son of Harold Graydon Markley and Mary Ann (Hoaglin) Rogers, who both preceded him in death. On February 26, 1977, he married the former Beverly Lewis, who survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Gina LeAnn (Jeremy) York of Van Wert; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; and a stepbrother, Jeff W. Rogers.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, December 9, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Mohr Cemetery in Hoaglin Township.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/04/16 at 4:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries