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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Jul. 26, 2016

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

Daniel S. “Dan” Roop, 75, of Celina, passed away at his residence at 12:28 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

He was born April 7, 1941, the son of George and Sarah (Dull) Roop, who both preceded him in death. On February 7, 1968, he married the former Linda L. Geyer, who survives in Celina.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include three sons, Daniel M. (Lisa) Roop of St. Marys, Christopher S. (Melissa) Roop of Convoy, and Anthony (Rene) Roop of Pleasureville, Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Sarah Lynn Roop of Phoenix, Arizona; and nine grandchildren.

A brother, David Roop, also preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tony Richmond officiating. Military honors will be rendered after the service by combined units from American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals in Celina.

POSTED: 07/25/16 at 3:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Betty Lou Adkins, 81, of Van Wert, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Betty Adkins

Betty Lou Adkins

She was born December 13, 1934, in Paulding County, the daughter of Loyal Thomas “Bud” Cavinder and Cecile (Kipker) Cavinder Jordan, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, Robert L. Adkins of Payne and Lori (Dave) Royse of Convoy; a brother, Robert (Sharon Flint) Cavinder of Briceton; four grandchildren, Tom (Becky) Bowersox, Joe (Katie) Bowersox, Aaron Adkins, and Robert (Kasie) Adkins; two stepgrandchildren, Kevin (Chelsea) Royse and Paul Royse; and six great-grandchildren, Hunter Bowersox, Caleb Bowersox, Arianna Adkins, Alysia Adkins, Kaylee Adkins, and Skyler Adkins.

Betty retired from Federal-Mogul Corporation in Van Wert. Betty’s dogs, Sadie and Sophie, were a very important part of her family.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery near Haviland.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 07/24/16 at 7:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

M. Marcile Matthews, 86, of Ohio City, passed away at 5:49 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

M. Marcile Matthews

M. Marcile Matthews

She was born March 5, 1930, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Elven T. and Edna Belle (Uhrick) Slane, who both preceded her in death. On August 27, 1947, she married Frederick Charles Matthews, who died August 15, 1991.

Marcile retired from Teleflex Corporation in Van Wert. She was a 1947 graduate of Van Wert High School and a member of Ohio City United Methodist Church.

Survivors include four children, Gale D. “Rudy” (Ruth) Matthews of Ohio City, E. Wayne (Deb) Matthews of Ohio city, Joyce Ann (Walter) Theisen of New Bavaria, and Ava K. (Gregg) Scheidt of Ohio City; a brother, Gerald A. Slane of rural Van Wert County; one sister, Helen (Jerry A.) Rolsten of Mendon; six grandchildren, Tim Matthews, Jamie Friedrich, Lorie Garwood, Tammy Theisen, Alysha Scheidt, and Jordan Scheidt; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Visitation is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, July 24, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association.

POSTED: 07/22/16 at 10:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ruby Emma Doan, 91, of Van Wert, passed away at 12:10 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born June 11, 1925, in Ridge Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Clarence and Nellie L. (Mathew) Cowgill, who both preceded her in death. On August 5, 1944, she married Franklin Howard Doan, who died December 28, 2007.

Survivors include a daughter, Annelle (Larry) Reynolds of Spencerville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Nancy DeCamp; and three brothers, George Augustus Cowgill, Leonard Emery Cowgill, and Harold Everett Cowgill, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Monday, June 25, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Kevin Wilcox officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Visitation is from 3-6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/22/16 at 8:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Debora A. Thatcher, 61, of Van Wert, died at 7:57 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Debora A. Thatcher

Debora A. Thatcher

She was born December 25, 1954, in Lima, the daughter of Duane and Elizabeth (Carder) Wolford, who both survive in Van Wert. She married Ben Thatcher, who also survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include a daughter, Holli (Tony) Hauter of Van Wert; one brother, Steve Wolford of Michigan; and three grandchildren, Anthony (fiancée Kala East) Hauter, Kiley Wortman, and Katie Hauter.

Debora was employed the past five years at the Van Wert Walmart. She had previously worked at the former Teleflex Corporation for 25 years. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 25, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Scott Campbell officiating.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the funeral home.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 07/21/16 at 2:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jacquelyn Brittsan, 52, of rural Harrison, Michigan, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016, after complications from an off-road accident.

Jacquelyn Brittsan

Jacquelyn Brittsan

Jacquelyn was born February 2, 1964, in Warren, Michigan, the daughter of Fred Kenneth and Theresa Ann (Toth) Lowry. Jacquelyn graduated in 1982 from Lebanon (Indiana) High School. On August 19, 2000, in Branch County, Michigan, Jacquelyn was united in marriage to Jerry Brent Brittsan.

In 2006, Jacquelyn moved to Harrison from Fort Wayne, Indiana, marking Harrison her new home. She attended Harrison United Brethren Church. Jacquelyn enjoyed listening to music, doing chores around the family farm, and working around her home. Her greatest passion was loving and spoiling her children.

Surviving Mrs. Brittsan is her loving husband of 15 years, Jerry B. Brittsan of Harrison; her two children, Dolly and husband Craig of Ypsilanti, Michigan, and Melon and wife Carrie of Chesapeake, Virginia; her parents, Fred K. and Theresa A. Lowry of Coldwater, Michigan; her two grandbabies, Jaylah and Bear; one stepdaughter, Mellisa and Brad of Waterford, Michigan; and one stepson, Jason of San Jose, California; three brothers, Fred and wife Karen of Warren, Tom and Lori of Coldwater, and Marty and Teresa of Port St. Lucie, Florida; and seven nieces and nephews, Anna, Tommy, Amber, Andy, Kyle, Kenny, and Scottie.

A brother, Matt; and two nephews, Matt and Derrick, preceded her in death.

Funeral services in honor of Jacquelyn will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Harrison United Brethren Church, with Pastor George Eagle officiating.

A time of gathering and sharing will take place from 11 a.m. until the time of services Thursday at the church.

Local visitation will be held from noon until 1 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Graveside services will be held at 1:15 p.m. Friday in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Memorial gifts in honor of Jacquelyn may be considered to: Brittsan Family, in care of Jerry B. Brittsan.

Local arrangements were by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 07/20/16 at 9:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Terry Lee Rickard, 63, of Grover Hill, passed away at 10:02 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born December 15, 1952, in Van Wert, the son of Glenn Myrle Rickard and Ethel (O’Daffer) Taylor, who both preceded him in death.

Survivors include a son, R. Andrew Rickard of Grover Hill; a daughter, Patricia (Jim) Jenkins of Maricopa, Arizona; a brother, Donald (Darlene) Rickard of Pleasanton, California; five sisters, Shirley Ann Clark of Ohio City, Bonnie (John) Shaffer of Van Wert, Sandra (Richard) Shrank of Bristow, Virginia, Phyllis (Phil) Etzler of Convoy, and Debbie Hire of Van Wert; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Harold Dean Rickard; and one brother-in-law, Bobbie Jack Clark, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Don Clinger officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery in Mercer County.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 22, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/20/16 at 9:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ivadore (Voltz) Myers, 99, of Mount Gilead and formerly of Ohio City, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Home in Chesterville.

She was born June 21, 1917, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Rudolph Howard and Harriet Ethel (Hey) Voltz, who both preceded her in death. On January 30, 1948, she married Robert Clarence Myers, who died May 16, 2007.

Survivors include a son, Gary Lynn (Linda) Myers of Mount Gilead; one daughter, Robin Jane Myers of Denver, Colorado; a sister, Rose Marie McClure of rural Van Wert; a granddaughter; and four great-grandchildren.

A son, Gregory H. Myers; two brothers, Robert Voltz and Billy Voltz; and two sisters, E. Patricia Schaadt and Virginia Ernestine Meyette, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in America in rural Van Wert County, with Pastor Chad Strabbing officiating. Burial will be in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/20/16 at 9:11 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard W. “Beakie” Hoffhines, 84, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday morning, July 20, 2016, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.

He was born November 11, 1931, in Rockford, the son of Donald and Elizabeth (Smith) Hoffhines, who both preceded him in death. On August 13, 1952, he married the former Sharon Joan Cryer, who died March 2, 2007.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include three children, Dave (Donna) Hoffhines of Coldwater, Randy (Kim) Hoffhines of Sycamore, Illinois, and Cyndi (Jim) Runneals of Rockford; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry (Connie) Hoffhines of Pinellas Park, Florida; and one sister, Jeanette (Phil) Freed of Maricopa, Arizona.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, with graveside military honors rendered by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5731 in Celina.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 22, and an hour prior to services at the funeral home, where the Rockford Eagles will hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. Friday.

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

POSTED: 07/20/16 at 9:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rickard K. “Dick” Eleyet, 84, of rural Van Wert, passed away at 6:20 p.m. Monday, July 18, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

He was born December 12, 1931, in Lebanon (Ohio), the son of Paul R. and Roselle L. (Miller) Eleyet, who both preceded her in death. On June 12, 1960, he married Patricia Sue (Ralston) Eleyet, who survives.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include a sister, Carlita Hunter of Charlotte, North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; many great-nieces and nephews; and a great-great-niece and several great-great-nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, July 22, at First Presbyterian Church in Vann Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, 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 is from 9-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: First Presbyterian Church Choir.

Arrangements were handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/19/16 at 3:15 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries