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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2017

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. Full obituaries cost $30 (including a photo), while unpaid death notices do not include memberships, work data and other personal information. The names of grandchildren, etc., are also not included in a death notice. Obituary payments can be sent to: Van Wert Independent, P.O. Box 487, Van Wert, OH 45891. Local funeral homes are billed for full obituaries, while out-of-town funeral homes can also be billed, if so requested.

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

Kenneth L. Rozell, 86, of Elida, passed away Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Joann’s Hospice House in Bonita, Florida.

He was born June 7, 1930, in Lamars, Iowa, the son of Emory and Gladys (Avery) Rozell, who both preceded him in death. On December 18, 1952, he married Thelma Stuller, who died October 14, 1990. He then married Carol “Sue” (Jones) Lybarger Rozell on November 4, 1995, and she survives in Elida.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include a son, Dennis Rozell of DeForest, Wisconsin; one daughter, Janine (Greg) Ladd of Elida; two sisters, Joyce (Herbert “Dave”) Davis of Maryland and Deloris Schroeder of Nebraska; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four stepchildren, Mike (Diana) Lybarger of Estero, Florida, Don (Linda) Lybarger and Jenny (Tony) Ciminillo, both of Elida, and Lori (Jeff) Brenneman of Delphos; and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

Five brothers and a sister also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with the Rev. Joe Wassink officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Grandchild’s college fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 03/22/17 at 6:46 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joseph Lewis Burk 62, of Convoy, passed away at 1:41 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.

He was born May 28, 1954, the son of Leo Stanley and Shirley Mae (Painter) Burk, who both preceded him in death. On January 19, 1975, he married the former Sandra Clark, who survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Alisa (Venice Jr.) Roberts of Van Wert; a son, Jason (Valerie) Burk of Hilliard; three brothers, Stanley (Cheryl) Burk of Convoy, Ricky Lee Burk of Van Wert, and Steven (Terri) Burk of Ney; a sister, Pamela (Bob) Duncan of Wauseon; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

A sister, Terry, and one brother Jerry Burk, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 03/21/17 at 9:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Sarah Elizabeth “Betty” Arthur, 91, of Lima, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2017, following a brief illness.

She was born December 6, 1925, in Gomer, the daughter of John Thomas and Elizabeth (Peat) Arthur, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Mary Ann (Tom) Syler of Alliance; seven nieces and nephews; nine great-nieces and nephews; and four great-great-nieces and nephews.

A brother, Bill Arthur, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, April 8, at Gomer Congregational Church, with Pastor Jim Wilder officiating. A private burial service will follow.

Visitation is from 11:30 a.m. Saturday until the time of services at the church.

Preferred memorials: Gomer Congregational Church, 7350 Gomer Road, Gomer, OH 45809, or the Second Wind Dream Program at www.secondwind.org.

Arrangements were made by Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 03/20/17 at 4:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joyce Ann Wolford, 78, passed away at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Vancrest Assisted Living in Payne.

She was born January 1, 1939, in Norfolk, Virginia, the daughter of Andrew and Virginia (Mayes) Malbone, who both preceded her in death. On February 24, 1961, she married LeRoy Roscoe Wolford, who died December 3, 1995.

A son, Terry Eugene Wolford; and siblings Andrew and Doris Malbone, also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Timothy (Angela) Wolford of Defiance and Tracy Wolford of Convoy; and six grandchildren, Jacquelyn, Timothy II, Caleb, Colton, Leah, and Taryn.

Joyce retired from Eaton Corporation in 2002 as a machine operator. She enjoyed her grandchildren, friends, bowling league, playing games, and eating ice cream.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, a Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Ada Hilton officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donations to Vancrest of Payne Activity Department.

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

POSTED: 03/19/17 at 8:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John Hundley, 72, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, March 18, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

Family services will be held privately at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

POSTED: 03/19/17 at 8:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Barry Robert Lloyd, 69, of Fairfield Glade, Tennessee, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017.

He was born September 28, 1947, in Van Wert, the son of Robert “Bob” and Betty Ruth (Shindeldecker) Lloyd, who both preceded him in death. He married Linda (Campbell) Lloyd, who survives at the residence.

Other survivors include a son, Jon (Glenn Bogan) Lloyd of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one daughter, Nikki (Steve) Burrell of Fremont, Indiana; three stepchildren, Allen Gage of Tavares, Florida, Douglas (Susi) Gage of Englewood, and Tina (Shadd) Heaston of Punta Gorda, Florida; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a sister, Barbara (Chuck) Painter of Rockford.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with the Rev. Bruce Head officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford. 

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, and an hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: The American Heart Association or American Lung Association.  Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 03/16/17 at 10:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

A Celebration of Life for Judith K. Cassady will take place at Wassenberg Art Center (214 S. Washington St. in Van Wert) from 3-6 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

Friends of Judy and her family are all welcome to attend. No RSVP required.

POSTED: 03/16/17 at 6:09 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Floyd W. Kirkland, (lieutenant colonel, USAF retired) 92, of Berne, Indiana, passed away at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, Indiana.

He was born in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, the son of William C. and Margaret J. (Allen) Kirkland, who both preceded him in death. Floyd is survived by his wife, Rosalie (Thatcher) Kirkland.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include three sons: Gregory Kirkland of Ashburn, Virginia; Jeffery Kirkland of Deleon Springs, Florida, and Joel Kirkland of High Point, North Carolina; three grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a niece; and a nephew.

Two infant brothers and a sister, Dortha Habegger of Berne, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Jeff Horsman officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, with graveside military honors rendered by combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 17, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Wounded Warrior Project.

POSTED: 03/14/17 at 11:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Florence E. Gause, 95, of Rockford, passed away at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at her home.

She was born June 21, 1921, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the daughter of Harley and Minnie (Myers) Shively, who both preceded her in death. On October 15, 1944, she married Lloyd Gause, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include three children, David (Lois) Gause, Vickie (Tim) Bollenbacher, and Marjorie (Jay) Ellis, all of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 11 stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and three nieces and two nephews.

An infant son; a sister and her husband, Imogene and Clarence Amstutz; and one great-grandchild, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 17, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Tom Brunstrup officiating. Burial will be in East Bethel Cemetery, outside Rockford. 

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Chattanooga United Methodist Church or Mercer County Genealogy Society.

Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 03/14/17 at 11:20 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Thomas B. Miller, 87, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Sarah Jane Living Center in Delphos.

He was born December 24, 1929, in Landeck, the son of Ferd and Agnes (Pohlman) Miller, who both preceded him in death. On September 20, 1951, he married the former Agnes Grothouse, and she survives in Delphos.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include three sons, Denny (Melanie) Miller of Middle Point, Gary (Pat) Miller of Dayton, and Mark (Linda) Miller of Delphos; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Miller of Toledo; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A son, Rick Miller, also preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 17, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Delphos, with graveside military honors rendered by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a Knights of Columbus Rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. and a parish wake at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Delphos St. John’s School, or Delphos Jefferson City Schools.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 03/13/17 at 4:11 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries