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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

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

Helen Margaret Elizabeth (Bricker) Bagley, 101, of Van Wert, died Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Helen Margaret Elizabeth Bagley

Helen Margaret Elizabeth Bagley

She was born March 13, 1913, in Payne, the daughter of Daniel A. and Emma B. (Marquardt) Bricker, who both preceded her in death. The family moved to Convoy when she was 4 years old. The day of her birth was the first day for parcel post deliveries and her birth announcement in the newspaper announced “delivery by parcel post on Thursday afternoon”. Her father was a mail carrier, and Helen would ride with her father on his horse-drawn mail wagon.

She attended Convoy High School and graduated in 1931. In high school, she played basketball and was running center for the Convoy Indians. On September 8, 1931, she married Floyd E. Bagley, who preceded her in death on November 3, 1979.

Mrs. Bagley was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, where she was a member of the Martha Circle and the Gleaners Sunday school class. Baking cakes was one of her favorite hobbies, and she thrilled her grandchildren with special themed birthday cakes for many years, while also baking wedding cakes for friends and family from 1961 to 1988.

Survivors include two sons, James D. (Sara) Bagley of Sarasota, Florida, and Ronald R. (Linda) Bagley of Van Wert; three daughters, J. Coleen (Ray) Etzler and Diane (Larry) Webb, both of Van Wert, and Janell (Paul Leslie) Boroff of Sun City Center, Florida; a daughter-in-law, Joanne Bagley of Van Wert; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren, as well as a sister, Ruth Wambsganss of Convoy; and two sisters-in-law, Esther (Bauer) Bricker of Kansas City, Missouri, and Arlene (Rager, Bricker, Rogers) Weigness of Convoy.

A son, F. Eugene Bagley; seven brothers, Arthur (Ruth) Bricker, Bernard (Cleo) Bricker, Otis (Francis) Bricker, Devon Bricker, Walter Bricker, Herman (Ruth) Bricker and Paul Bricker; three sisters, Melva Bricker, Alvia Bricker and Anna (Tom) Pillars; one brother-in-law, Clayton Wambsganss; and a great-granddaughter, Madison Nicole Roth, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 31, at Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, with Pastor Clark Williman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, January 30, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Calvary Evangelical Church in Van Wert, the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or The Lutheran Hour of Convoy Redeemer Lutheran Church.

POSTED: 01/26/15 at 9:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ruth Alice “Sally” Mohr, 94, of Van Wert, died at 12:56 p.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born April 7, 1920, in Paulding County, the daughter of Stephen E. and Arrenia (Saylor) Lee, who both preceded her in death. She married Glen C. Mohr, who died August 25, 1990.

Survivors include three children, Stephen Lee (Brenda) Mohr of Perrysburg, Trent Wade (Jeri) Mohr of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Nikki G. Robinson of Columbus; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, James, Homer, Clarence and Kenneth Lee; and six sisters, Milia Goddard, Viola Gillette, Leona Watson, Blanche Proxmire, Ivah Charleston and Frieda Speakman Durre, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in rural Paulding County.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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

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

POSTED: 01/25/15 at 6:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Chris A. Adams, 53, of Van Wert, died at 2:51 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Chris A. Adams

Chris A. Adams

He was born March 29, 1961, in Van Wert, the son of Gary and Barbara (Dougal) Adams, who both survive in Van Wert. He married Mary (Klewer) Adams, who also survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Emily (Joe) Piacentini of San Antonio, Texas, and Nathan Adams of Van Wert; a brother, Jason (Amy) Adams of Van Wert; one sister, Kim (Terry) Owens of Van Wert; and one grandchild, Aubrey Piacentini of San Antonio, Texas.

Chris was the owner of Chris Adams Cleaning and Landscaping and was a worship leader at Life House Church in Van Wert. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1197 in Van Wert and lead singer-songwriter for The Fortress Band.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, at Life House Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Matt Braun officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, and an hour prior to services Wednesday, all at Life House Church in Van Wert.

Preferred memorials: Life House Music Ministry.

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

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

POSTED: 01/24/15 at 7:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lucia A. Bartz, 91, formerly of Middle Point, died at 1:19 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Lucia A. Bartz

Lucia A. Bartz

She was born August 13, 1923, in Kronau, Germany, the daughter of Oskar and Johanna (Hofmann) Machtel, who both preceded her in death. She married Curtis V. Bartz, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sons, Frank (Sharon) Bartz of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Walter (Kelly) Bartz of Van Wert; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn (John) Doner of Van Wert; one sister, Berta Kinnison of Verdigre, Nebraska; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Hans Peter Bartz, also preceded her in death.

Lucia was a waitress at Balyeat’s Coffee Shop for more than 57 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, and Twig II of Van Wert County Hospital.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with Father Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 26, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Vancrest of Convoy Activities Fund, Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or Middle Point EMS.

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

POSTED: 01/24/15 at 7:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Vernon F. Hobbs of Middle Point passed away at 1:27 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Vernon F. Hobbs

Vernon F. Hobbs

He was born May 27, 1932, the son of Harrison and Mattie (Hibbard) Hobbs. He was raised by his mother, his stepfather, Everett Starrett, and his grandparents, John and Laura Hibbard, who all preceded him in death. He was united in marriage with Leota (Long) Hobbs on September 23, 1954, and she preceded him in death on June 28, 2007.

Survivors include three daughters, Deborah Fair of Venedocia and Gwenda (Jack) Blackmore and Cathy (Dan) Kline, both of Van Wert; a son, Vernon E. (Elizabeth) Hobbs of Spencerville; one brother, Virgil Emmett of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren, Ashley (Daniel) Brown, David, Corey and Audrey Hobbs, Ryan (Chelsea), Scott and Kevin Fair, Ashley (Daniel) Brown, Megan Smith and Emily Blackmore; and eight great-grandchildren.

A brother, Fred Starrett, also preceded him in death.

Vernon retired from the Lima Carpenters Hall after more than 25 years of service. He attended Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. After his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking at home in his shop. He didn’t know a stranger and enjoyed visiting with, and making, new friends. He always had a smile and never lost his sense of humor.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, at Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia, with the Rev. Thomas Emery officiating. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Salem Presbyterian Church or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

To view the funeral services online, visit www.harterandschier.com at the time of the service (password: webcast9).

Online condolences can also be left at the funeral home website.

POSTED: 01/24/15 at 7:28 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Margaret L. Richcreek, 85, of Van Wert, died at 11:25 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at Hospice Home in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born July 3, 1929, in Byesville, the daughter of Karl and Anna (Medvec) Kuklica, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Sherry Jones and Susan Mullen, both of Fort Wayne, Bill Richcreek of Orlando, Florida, Bobby Richcreek of Mount Vernon and Danny Richcreek of Phoenix, Arizona; two sisters, Mary Ruggerio of Cleveland and Ann Korte of Byesville; and three grandchildren.

Three brothers, Karl, Mike and Joe Kuklica, also preceded her in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, January 30, at Greenwood Cemetery in Byesville.

Calling hours are from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, where a Rosary service will be held at 6 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Children’s Leukemia of America.

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

POSTED: 01/24/15 at 7:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lana Lou Lautzenheiser, 63, of Van Wert and formerly of Ohio City, died at 5 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born on November 4, 1951, in Willshire, the daughter of the late Victor Roland and Mary Juanita (Shinn) Lautzenheiser.

Family survivors include two brothers, Ronnie J. Lautzenheiser of Convoy and Roy Lautzenheiser of St. Marys; and a sister, Joyce Amstutz of Plano, Texas.

Five sisters, Emma Pearl Ross, Beverly Linnemeyer, Bonnie Couts, Janet McConn, and Vicie Lin Mounts; and a brother, James Paul Lautzenheiser, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 27, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, with Pastor Steven G. Waterman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Calling hours are 11 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

POSTED: 01/24/15 at 7:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James L. Comer, 72, of Van Wert, died at 1:45 a.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Hearth & Home of Van Wert.

He was born July 7, 1942, in Van Wert, the son of Leroy G. and Garnett A. (Sowers) Comer, who both preceded him in death.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include two sisters, Diane (Larry) Games of Mason and Jan (Brent) Van Horn of Pickerington.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 28, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. William Haggis II officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by units from American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from noon-1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Alzheimer’s Association.

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

POSTED: 01/21/15 at 7:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Glenn A. Neer, 83, of Middle Point, died at 10:57 p.m. Tuesday, January 20, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

He was born February 25, 1931, in Middle Point, the son of Hugh A. and Mamie (Johnson) Neer, who both preceded him in death. He married M. Joann (Baer) Neer, who survives in Middle Point.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include a daughter, Kimala Strickler of Middle Point; one sister, Peggy (Robert) Etgen of Middle Point; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

Two brothers, Merkle Neer and Harold Neer; a sister, Helen Hoghe; two stepgrandchildren; and a son-in-law, Barry Strickler, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Harry Tolhurst officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 5-7 p.m. Friday, January 23, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 01/21/15 at 7:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Veva L. “Ve” Cline, 102, of Van Wert, died at 9:45 a.m. Monday, January 19, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

She was born November 13, 1912, in Union County, Iowa, the daughter of Clarence E. and Cara (Stoner) Butler. She married Clarence E. Cline, who died in 1976.

Survivors include two children, James (Cindy) Cline of Winchester, Virginia, and Diane (Larry) Mengerink of Van Wert; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

A brother, Paul Butler; and two sisters, Doris Williams and Beatrice Walters, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, January 23, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church or American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178, both in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 01/20/15 at 10:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries