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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015

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

Helen R. Ferrell, 94, of Van Wert, died at 5:40 p.m. Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Van Wert Manor.

Helen R. Ferrell

Helen R. Ferrell

She was born September 20, 1920, in Continental, the daughter of William and Pearl (Hoy) Agnes, who both preceded her in death. She married Gordon O. Ferrell, who died in 1966.

Survivors include six children, Michael Ferrell of Alexandria, New Hampshire, Vaughn Ferrell of Rockledge, Florida, Alan (Joan) Ferrell of Grand Rapids (Ohio), Deb (Jim) Dibert of Van Wert, Bob (Karen) Ferrell of St. Joseph, Missouri, and Steve Ferrell of Proctor, West Virginia; a sister, Marcile Feehan of Findlay; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A son, Jim Ferrell; four brothers; and a sister, Nonna June Ringenberg, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Ferrell had worked in the Van Wert City Schools cafeteria and at Derry Drugs in Van Wert.

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

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Alzheimer’s Association, Salvation Army or Make A Wish Foundation.

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

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

POSTED: 07/05/15 at 8:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Vivian A. (nee Mosley) Boaz, 84, of Van Wert, died Thursday, July 2, 2015.

Vivian A. Boaz

Vivian A. Boaz

She was born March 22, 1931, in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of Augustus and Mary (Bates) Mosley, who both preceded her in death. On October 28, 1948, she married Franklin C. Boaz, who died December 3, 1992.

Survivors include seven sons, Colonel (Deborah) Boaz of Washington, D.C., Michael (Tina) Boaz and Peter (Nichole) Boaz, both of Van Wert; John (Danielle) Boaz of Oak Harbor, Matthew (Angie) Boaz of West Chester, Edward Gay and Robert (Juanita) Gay, also both of Van Wert; two daughters, Sandra Reynolds of Van Wert and Mary McGuire of Cincinnati; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A son, Mark A. Boaz, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Boaz was employed by the Van Wert County Council on Aging for 30 years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert following the funeral.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert County Council on Aging.

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

POSTED: 07/05/15 at 8:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Vera Louise Kuhn, 76, of Rockford, died Wednesday evening, July 1, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 15, 1939, in Geneva, Indiana, the daughter of Roy and Bessie (Steen) Myers, who both preceded her in death. In 1943, she was legally adopted by Elmer and Violet White, who also preceded her in death. On January 16, 1959, she married Vernon F. Kuhn, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include two children, Douglas Kuhn of Willshire and Kristina (David) Stemen of Rockford; a grandson; and a foster brother, Philip White.

Three brothers, Louis, Roy and Raymond Myers; three sisters, Marjorie Rediger, Betty Burkhart and Flora Jean McGill; and a foster brother, Thurmond White, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, at Rockford United Methodist Church, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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

POSTED: 07/05/15 at 8:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Tina Josephine Mayes, 46, of Van Wert, died at 3:33 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Tina Josephine Mayes

Tina Josephine Mayes

She was born October 30, 1968, in Paulding, the daughter of Donald Dodson Jr., who preceded her in death, and Kay (Glass) Dodson, who survives in Defiance. She married Thomas Sterling Mayes, who also survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include three daughters, Tawnie Johnson, Ashley Mayes and Emily Mack; two sisters, Alisha Bishop and Kerrie Tressler; a brother, Kelly Dodson; and eight grandchildren.

Her grandfather, Donald Dodson Sr., and a grandmother, Clara Moden, also preceded her in death.

She was a member of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert and worked with the Challenged Higher organization. She was also employed for a number of years at KAM Manufacturing in Van Wert. She and her husband were foster parents for a number of children over the years.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, at Trinity Friends Church, with Pastor Steve Savage officiating.  Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials: To the family to help defray funeral costs.

POSTED: 07/02/15 at 9:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helen Richardson, 90, of Van Wert, died at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center of Convoy.

She was born June 11, 1925, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Nagy) Luliak, who both preceded her in death. She married George F. Richardson, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, Tina (Thomas) Miller of Van Wert and Michael W. Richardson of West Lafayette, Indiana; a brother, John (Andrea) Luliak of Oklahoma; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Anna Hook and Mary Wirick, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 6, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, where a Rosary service will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

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

POSTED: 07/02/15 at 9:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard L. “Dick” Reed, 74, of Lima, died at 4:25 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born October 28, 1940, the son of Ralph and Ruth Nadine (Harruff) Reed, who both preceded him in death. On September 6, 1960, he married Catherine (Miller) Reed, who died September 15, 2011.

Survivors include four daughters, Ann Erpenbeck of Cincinnati, Ruth (Robyn) Reed and Missy Reed, both of Louisville, Kentucky, and Heidi Reed of Lima; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; and one brother, Bob (Janice) Reed of Lima.

A grandson, Quenton Erpenbeck, also preceded him in death.

There will be no funeral services.

Calling hours are from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home in Cridersville.

Preferred memorials: Putnam County Hospice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandson.com.

POSTED: 07/01/15 at 10:02 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ruth M. Reed, 97, of Grover Hill, died Monday, June 29, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born January 8, 1918, in York Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of William H. and Hazel (Farling) Ries, who both preceded her in death. She married Homer J. Reed, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Reed Pruden of Grover Hill; one sister, Margaret Ries Springer of Sun City, Florida; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Marilyn Reed Lockie; one son, Douglas Reed; a sister, Wanda Olive Prior; and three brothers, William Samuel Ries, Paul Edward Ries and Robert Wayne Ries, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill, with Jack Fetter, director of Fetter & Friends Ministry, officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in rural Paulding County.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and two hours prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Zion United Methodist Church in Grover Hill.

POSTED: 06/30/15 at 9:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Virgil D. Wright of Van Wert died at 5:55 a.m. Monday, June 29, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born July 15, 1948, in Bucyrus, the son of Arthur and Edna (Fox) Wright, who both preceded him in death. On July 27, 1969, he married Nancy (Gentit) Wright, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include a son, Nathaniel A. Wright of Van Wert; one brother, Douglas Wright of Hot Springs, Arkansas; two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Joanne) Coleman of North Yarmouth, Maine, and Thomas Gentit of Stryker; a sister, Barbara Simons of Upper Sandusky; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother-in-law, Carl Coleman, also preceded him in death.

Private family funeral services will be conducted.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: American Kidney Fund.

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

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

POSTED: 06/30/15 at 12:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James Rodger Wagonrod, 78, of Columbus, died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 15, 1936, in Van Wert, the son of Esta Vernon and Carol May (Sullivan) Wagonrod, who both preceded him in death. He married Rosemary Eileen (Lane) Wagonrod, who died in 2001. He then married Jean Ann (Hipsley) Wagonrod, who also preceded him in death.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include four daughters, Denise (Bill) Friedrich of Delphos, Karen (Lance) Postelwaite of Defiance, Diana (Glenn) Hicks of Convoy and Patty (Tony) Gardner of New Haven, Indiana; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A granddaughter, Hannah Gabriel Friedrich; five sisters, Joan M. Miller, Phyllis Nelson, Janice Mosgrove and stillborn twins, Esta and Ester; and four brothers, Robert R. Wagonrod, Richard A. Wagonrod Sr., William E. Wagonrod and Charles Wagonrod, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Friday, July 3, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tom Snyder officiating.

Calling hours are from 9 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Putnam County Hospice.

POSTED: 06/30/15 at 12:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Todd M. Fickert, 44, of Columbus, and formerly of Rockford, died at 4:56 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2015, at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

He was born November 13, 1970, in Decatur, Indiana, the son of Richard “Dick” and Virginia “Gini” (Hofmann) Fickert, who both survive in Rockford.

Other survivors include a brother, Ron (Sherry) Fickert of Houston (Ohio); aunts and uncles Diane and Alan Schott of Willshire and Karen and Rob Egley of Decatur; three nephews; a great-nephew; and three great-nieces.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 2, at Zion Lutheran Church in Schumm, with Pastor Jeff Patterson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

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

POSTED: 06/29/15 at 7:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries