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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, May. 3, 2015

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 4878, 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

Monica A. Sloan, 82, of Delphos, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born March 14, 1933, in Delphos, the daughter of John and Helen (Ardner) Peter, who both preceded her in death. On February 5, 1954, she married Robert Sloan, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include three sons, James Sloan, Robert M. (Julie) Sloan and Nick (Lisa) Sloan, all of Delphos; a daughter, Helen (Bill) Hurley of Delphos; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Melvin Fiedler; two sisters, Helen Beckner and Norma Brooks; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Sloan, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Father Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery in Delphos.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Kindred Hospital.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com. To view the funeral service online, visit the above website at the time of the service (password: webcast9).

POSTED: 05/02/15 at 6:20 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Randall L. Tobias, 60, of Van Wert, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Van Wert Manor nursing home.

Randall L. Tobias

Randall L. Tobias

He was born February 19, 1955, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the son of Marilyn (Tobias) Donley, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include his stepfather, Don Donley of Van Wert; a sister, Becky (Dean) Good of Van Wert; and three nieces, Amy Koontz, Angie Laker and Alissa Ede.

Mr. Tobias was a certified phlebotomist and had previously worked at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert. He was a member of Jennings Road Church of Christ in Van Wert.

He enjoyed sharing with friends on Facebook and helping fellow residents at Homestead Village in Van Wert. He was a 1973 graduate of Van Wert High School and had attended Bowling Green State University and The Ohio State University.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, May 4, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. David Ray officiating.

Calling hours are from 10-11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert County Relay for Life or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 04/29/15 at 4:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John Allen Ramsey, 36, of Van Wert, died at 2:51 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

John Allen Ramsey

John Allen Ramsey

He was born January 25, 1979, in Van Wert, the son of Deborah Wolfe, who survives, and the late John E. Ramsey.

John was a man who made friends anywhere he went. He was passionate about music, movies and loved reporting the weather. John’s greatest talent was impersonating famous people, staff and friends. He had a heart of gold and a glowing soul. People always had a friend in John.

John worked at the Thomas Edison Workshop in Van Wert and participated in Special Olympics and Challenged Higher.

Other survivors include his grandmother, Monty Wolfe; a brother, Chad Young of Van Wert; four sisters, Stacey (Travis) Rowe of Scott, Felicia Ramsey, Amy (Tim) Phillips of North Carolina, and Katrina Hundley of Lima; 15 nieces and nephews; and close friends Dave and Connie Wood.

His grandfather, Charles Wolfe; and twin nephews also preceded him in death.

Private funeral services will be conducted for friends and family.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Thomas Edison Group Home/MRSI for a special trip or activity for John’s housemates in his memory.

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

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

POSTED: 04/28/15 at 4:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marjorie Ruth Arn, 93, of rural Convoy, passed away peacefully at 2:40 p.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born December 8, 1921, in Ohio City, the daughter of William O. and Ruth Marie (Stewart) Blush, who both preceded her in death. On August 26, 1940, she married Walter H. Arn, who died January 19, 1997. She later married David Roger Jones, who died in May 2009.

Mrs. Arn was a mother, homemaker and farm wife. She graduated from Ohio City-Liberty High School in 1939, where she played basketball. She was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy and the Fidelitis Guild. She had been a member of Convoy Grange, Van Wert Count Pomona Grange and the National Grange. She was also a member of Convoy Japonica Garden Club.

She and Walter enjoyed traveling with their Coachman motor home and had gone to Alaska, Florida, Arizona and Texas. They belonged to the Good Sams Camping Club, Auglaize Valley Coachmen’s Club, Van Wert County Farm Bureau and the National Holstein Association.

Marjorie was an accomplished seamstress and had won awards for her fashions. She liked to enter her homegrown flowers in shows and had won many blue ribbons over the years. She enjoyed playing cards, especially euchre and Liverpool Rum.

Survivors include four sons, Jeffery (Sue) Arn, Carl (Cheryle) Arn, Michael (Sherri) Arn and Rex (Patti) Arn, all of Van Wert; three daughters, Nancy (Paul) England of South Vienna, Marcia (Dale) Laukhuf of Lima and Jo (Brad) Green of Easley, South Carolina; 17 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother, Lawrence (RuthAnn) Blush or Archbold; one sister, Jayne Selby of Celina; and many nieces and nephews.

An infant son, two grandsons, three brothers, Richard, George and David Blush; and one sister, Christine Farlow, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 1, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Convoy, with the Rev. Douglas Meyer officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

POSTED: 04/28/15 at 1:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jeffery L. Jones of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and formerly of Convoy, died Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Marion, Indiana.

He was born October 10, 1953, in Flint, Michigan, the son of Charles and Marietta (Council) Jones, who both preceded him in death. He married Susan U. (Peplinski) Jones, who died April 28, 2012.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include two children, Heather (Juan) Garcia of Archbold, Carrie (Scott) Martin of Viera, Florida; four brothers, Charles (Susan) Jones of Michigan, James (Sharon) Jones of Michigan, Gary Jones of Indiana and Kevin (Roxanne) Jones of Michigan; two sisters, Laura (Lawrence) Renert of Florida and Janet Jones of Michigan; two half-sisters, Carmen Haltermon and Jackie Parker; and six grandchildren.

Two sons, Eric and Ryan Jones; and two brothers, Leroy Jones and George Jones, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 30, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Jay Jones officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Kidney Foundation.

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

POSTED: 04/28/15 at 1:15 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Don E. Brown, 66, of Van Wert, died Monday, April 27, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne

He was born February 17, 1949, in Paulding, the son of Don R. and Frances E. (Coleman) Brown, who both preceded him in death.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include three brothers, Frank C. (Linda) Brown of San Diego, California, and Carl R. Brown and Richard A. (Rita) Brown, both of Van Wert; and a sister, Mary Katherine Coleman of Van Wert.

A brother, Harold Brown; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Brown, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by the combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Harvest Field Pentecostal Church.

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

POSTED: 04/27/15 at 3:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Nathaniel “Nate” Walker, 69, of Van Wert, died at 1:05 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at his residence.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. William Watson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, where graveside military honors will be performed by the combined honors unit of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

POSTED: 04/26/15 at 11:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Milford D. Rayer, 80, of Van Wert, died at 7:10 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his residence.

Milford D. Rayer

Milford D. Rayer

He was born May 24, 1934, in Van Wert, the son of William and Leona (Landis) Rayer, who both preceded him in death. On October 6, 1952, he was united in marriage with Josephine (Barrientos) Rayer, who died May 23, 2012.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include five children, Christina (Rex) Craig of Va Wert, Randall Dean Rayer of Ohio City, Terrilyn (Dennis) Straw of Ohio City, Brian Rayer of Elida and Jeff (Lori) Rayer of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Two brother and two grandchildren also preceded him in death.

Milford was a retired employee of Chrysler Corporation in Van Wert, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served in the Korean Conflict, and a life member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, May 2, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 04/26/15 at 11:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Romaine Viola Smith, 94, went home peacefully to be with her Precious Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Romaine Smith

Romaine Viola Smith

She was born on January 24, 1921, in Decatur, Indiana, to Ellery E. and Ruby Johnson, who both preceded her in death. She grew up in Van Wert.

Romaine was preceded in death by her beloved husband Charles, married 55 years in 1993, and is survived by her daughter, Roleen Smith Sanderson; three grandchildren Allison Adams Tucker, Andrea Adams, and Dr. Aric Adams; and three great-grandchildren, Shanelle Adams, Ethan Adams, and Grace Adams.

Romaine began her entrepreneurial endeavors at age 19 with her husband, Charles. Together they developed and ran Lost Creek Nursery in Lima and Friendly Village Estates, the first “no-step” mobile home park in Tucson, Arizona.

Romaine was devoted to the Lord’s work, and gave of her time and resources to the Tucson First Church of God. Her unabashed strength was a support and inspiration to all those around her, and fueled her passion for growing flowers and beautiful things, sharing in others’ lives, actively supporting her family, and taking care of her Charles.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 27, at First Church of God, 3355 N. Fontana Ave. in Tucson, Arizona.

POSTED: 04/26/15 at 12:00 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Esther E. Spridgeon of Middle Point died Friday, April 24, 2015 at her residence.  She was born February 25, 1932 in Van Wert, Ohio, the daughter of Ethel (Mager) Byers and Paul Byers, who both preceded her in death.

She was married to Gerald E. “Tuffy” Spridgeon who passed on February 8, 2014.   2 brothers, Howard L. and Paul Jr. are also deceased.

Survivors include a brother, Donald Byers, Riverside, CA.  Her children Elsie (Joe) Thompson, Newark, OH; Gary “Harry” Spridgeon, Middle Point, OH; Jay Spridgeon, Middle Point, OH. Cindy (Mike) Alexander, Key Colony Beach, FL.

Grandchildren include Brad Thompson, Jody (Craig) King & Scott, Adam, & Nick Kayser.  There are 5 great-grandchildren.  A.J., Mac, Shannon, Sydney and Ezra.  Special friend, Deb Fox of South Carolina also survives.

Esther Retired from the Postal Service & was an LPN before working for the Postal Service.  She was a member of Delphos Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Red Hat Society, Middle Point Fire Dept. Ladies Aux., Hoaglin Jackson Breakfast Club; and was an Usher at the Embassy, Ft. Wayne, Indiana for 11 years.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30AM Monday April 27, 2015 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.  Friends may call 2-6PM Sunday April 26, 2015 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.  Burial will be in the Ridge Cemetery at Middle Point, Ohio.

Preferred memorials to the Middle Point Fire Dept. OR AMVETS Post 698, Middle Point.

POSTED: 04/25/15 at 6:29 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries