The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, Jul. 18, 2019

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of January 1, 2019, full obituaries will cost $50 (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 546, 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

Richard W. Caldwell, 79, of Van Wert passed away at 11:41 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Van Wert Health Emergency Room.

Richard W. Caldwell

He was born August 14, 1939, in Oak Hill, the son of Ervin and Beatrice (Carter) Dunn, who both preceded him in death. On October 17, 1958, he married the love of his life, the former Sandra K. Michael. 

Richard served in the United States Navy and worked as a press and printer technician. 

In his younger days, Richard enjoyed camping and hunting. He was an avid fisherman and recently took up bird-watching. Richard was a devoted grandfather and loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Caldwell of Van Wert; two sons, Kevin (Beverly) Caldwell of Van Wert and Jeremy (Jennifer) Caldwell of Dayton; three sisters, Terry and Cathy Dunn of Van Wert and Peggy Caldwell of Oak Hill; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Gregory Caldwell; and three brothers, Robert, Larry, and Carl Dunn; and a sister, Bonnie Gillespie, also preceded him in death. 

A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, July 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Jim Burns officiating.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Richard`s memory may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 07/15/19 at 3:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Billie Jean Krugh, 91, of Van Wert, died at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Van Wert Manor.

She was born December 29, 1927, in Van Wert, the daughter of Doyle Elmer and Pearl R. (Handwerk) Brubaker, who both preceded her in death. On January 7, 1951, she married Wilbur Lowell Krugh, who died June 25, 1995.

Survivors include a son, Terry J. Krugh of Dayton; and one daughter, Jill Ann Krugh of Ottawa.

A son, James Evan Krugh, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Chris Farmer officiating. Burial will follow in Tomlinson Cemetery in Union Township, Mercer County.  

Visitation will be an hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home. 

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/15/19 at 3:05 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Judith Helen Reiser, 70, of Van Wert, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019, at her residence.

She was born July 1, 1949, in Napoleon, the daughter of Robert Russell and Martha Elizabeth (Nelson) Reiser, who both preceded her in death. 

Survivors include several nephews and a sister-in-law, Karen Reiser.

A brother, Douglas Reiser, also preceded her in death.

She will be interred privately in Archbold Cemetery.

Preferred memorials: A charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearahrt.com

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory of Van Wert.

POSTED: 07/15/19 at 3:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Melvin R. “Mel” Mosier of Rockford, Illinois, passed away at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at his residence. 

Melvin R. ‘Mel’ Mosier

He was born August 9, 1947, in Paulding, the son of N. Eileen (Whitaker) and Merlin Mosier, who both preceded him in death.

Mel grew up on a farm outside of Middle Point. He learned to drive a tractor at an early age and helped his dad farm. He also helped other farmers in the area when they needed extra help.

While living in Van Wert, Mel worked for National Seal and Spoor & McDowell before making the move to Chrysler Amplex in Van Wert. In 1989, he moved to Rockford, Illinois, for his job with Chrysler and retired from that company after 42 years. 

Mel was an avid golfer and after his retirement could be found on a golf course most days. 

He is survived by two sons, Rodney R. (Nicole Hinkson) Mosier of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Brett Mosier of Delphos; a daughter, Dawn (Craig) Brown of Willshire; two sisters, Lu Hittle of Middle Point and Sally (Dave Wilgus) Bowen of Van Wert; one maternal aunt, Mary (Howard) McDonald of Van Wert; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter due in August; and a great-grandson due in December; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A brother, Rex Mosier; a sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harold “Butch” Thompson; a brother-in-law, Lewie Bowen; and a nephew, Rickie Thompson, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 19, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Stuart Wyatt officiating. Burial will follow in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County. 

Visitation is from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 07/14/19 at 4:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

LeRoy E. Ernie, 78, passed away at 8:35 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019, at his residence in Ohio City.

LeRoy E. Ernie

He was born October 30, 1940, in Willshire, the son of Roy Alton and Marjorie Christine (Harmon) Ernie, who both preceded him in death. On April 17, 1964, he married the former Sue Ainsworth, who survives.

Other survivors include his three daughters, Kimmy Ehrsam of Ohio City, Lana Ernie (Richard Kadel) of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Shawn (Mike) Jones of Ohio City; four grandchildren, Lance Ehrsam of Van Wert, Haley Ehrsam of Van Wert, and Coby and Colson Jones of Ohio City; two great-grandchildren, Harper and Laelynn; and a sister, Marjiann C. (Duane) Noll of Ohio City.

LeRoy attended Ohio City-Liberty School and Ohio City Community Church. He had worked at Dibert & Son Implements in Ohio City and retired from Mercer Landmark. He had been a member of the Ohio City Fire and EMS Department and Ohio City Lions Club. He collected railroad memorabilia and kept his antique Minneapolis Moline tractor and 1929 Model A, which he drove in the Lambert Days Parade and other area parades.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Randy Bevington officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Visitation is from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City Fire and EMS Department.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/14/19 at 4:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Orley DeWayne O’Daffer, 72, of Van Wert, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert. 

Orley DeWayne O’Daffer

He was born February 4, 1947 in Rockford, the son of Carl and Dorothy (Hoverman) O’Daffer, who both preceded him in death. On July 9, 1968, he married the love of his life, Mary E. Hurley, and they recently celebrated 51 years of marriage and shared years of memories.

Orley retired from Federal-Mogul Corporation in Van Wert after 40 years. He was a member of Church on the Horizon, where he proudly served as custodian. 

When his children were younger, Orley was a Van Wert High School band parent and also helped with scouting. He was an Ohio State Buckeyes fan and faithfully donated over 20 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. He was an avid gardener and his family was the most important thing to him. 

Surviving are his wife, Mary O’Daffer of Van Wert; three children, Nancy L. (Michael) Adcock of Fisher, Indiana; J. Elizabeth Mora of Canon; and Robbert P.D. (Ariane) O’Daffer of Bessemer, Pennsylvania; a brother, Rick (Doreen) O’Daffer of Columbus; one sister, Jean O’Daffer and her special friend, Tammy Barr of Middle Point; a sister-in-law, Trudy O’Daffer of Middle Point; five grandchildren, Brenton Adcock, Trevor Adcock, Madison Reidl, Breanna Reidl, and Orley R.D. O’Daffer II; and a great-granddaughter, Juliet Adcock.

Two brothers, Robert and Albert O’Daffer; and a sister, Carolyn Hamm, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert with Pastor Dan Custis officiating. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: American Red Cross or American Heart Association. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 07/14/19 at 4:21 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John “Jack” Paullus, 90, of Van Wert, died at 2:59 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.  

John “Jack” Paullus

He was born March 29,1929, in Van Wert, the son of John and Ruth (Lloyd) Paullus, who both preceded him in death. On September 6, 1952, he married the former Jean Brickner, who died January 26, 2014.

He is survived by his children, Jeff (Trudy) Paullus of Gallatin, Tennessee, Joi (Paul) Mergy of Van Wert, and Joe (Jessica) Paullus of Noblesville, Indiana; three grandchildren, Alek (Mandy) Mergy, Kathryn Wilson, Jason Paullus, and Anthony Gober; and three great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Aust, Maddison Mergy, and Greyson Mergy.  

A brother, Ted Paullus, and one sister, Hannah Good, also preceded him in death.  

Jack was the purchasing manager for the former Borden’s Cheese Plant in Van Wert and then was employed by the former People’s Bank & Trust.  

He was widely known throughout Ohio and Indiana theatre community as an accomplished actor and director. He was a founding member of the Van Wert Civic Theatre and a past president of the Ohio Community Theatre Association. He founded Stagecoach Dinner Theatre and over his career acted in and directed over 150 theater productions.  

Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. Monday, July 15, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, followed by interment in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.  

Immediately following interment, there will be a Celebration of Life held for Jack at Elks Lodge 1197 off Van Wert-Decatur Road in Van Wert.

In lieu of flowers, preferred memorials would be to Van Wert Civic Theatre or the Van Wert County Humane Society.

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

POSTED: 07/11/19 at 11:43 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John Junior King, 86, of Rockford, passed away Wednesday morning, July 10, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family.  

He was born in St. Marys township, Decatur, Indiana, on May 21, 1933, the son of John L. and Glennis B. (Roop) King, who both preceded him in death. On December 30, 1960, he married the former Joan Barker, who survives at their home in Rockford.  

Other survivors include three sons, Neil (Tami Dutcher) King, Michael (Ann) King, and Scott King; three daughters, Diann (Eric Sanders) Searight, Faye (Rod) Cheek, and Mary (Kenny) Stocklin; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Terry King, and Dean (Kathleen) King; three sisters, Carolyn Sue Braun, Linda (Robert) Railey, and Rita (Ken) Johnson; one brother-in-law, Wilferd Davis; and two sisters-in-law, Kaki Barker and Marcile King.  

A brother Leonard King, one sister, Berneice Davis; two brothers-in-law, Floyd Braun and Steve Barker; and a sister-in-law, Shirley King, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Ernie Suman officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, with graveside military honors rendered by members of the Rockford and Willshire American Legion posts.  

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Rockford Historical Society or Parkway FFA. 

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

POSTED: 07/11/19 at 6:39 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alice Rose Gasiday, 97, of Van Wert, passed away under hospice care at 2:02 a.m. July 9, 2019, at Van Wert Manor after a brief illness. 

Alice Rose Gasiday

She was born August 20, 1921, in Chattanooga, the daughter of Elmer and Catherine (Berron) Hisey, who both preceded her in death. 

A 1939 graduate of Van Wert High School, Alice went on to earn her nursing degree from St. Joseph School of Nursing in 1945. She worked as a Registered Nurse at Van Wert County Hospital until her retirement in 1983.

Alice married James M. Hall in 1945, and he preceded her in death in 1950. She then married George E. Gasiday in 1953. Upon her retirement, Alice and George moved to Port Charlotte, Florida, until his death in 1999, at which time Alice returned to Van Wert.

She is survived by her daughter, Jane E. Waldron of Bowling Green; one son, Bradley W. Hall of Largo, Florida; daughters Mary Ann Barnes and Christine L. Smith, both of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Mark Waldron, Kim Rose, Ryan Smith, Jonathan Smith, Tammy Hall, Jeff Finkhousen, and Tom Finkhousen; and 14 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Conner, Lily, Fletcher, James, Micah, Landen, Hudson, Cody, Spencer, Jake, Lucas, Brody, and Annabel.

Five sisters and a brother also preceded her in death. 

A private burial service will take place in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with the Rev. Stuart Wyatt presiding. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Alice`s memory may be sent to Community Health Professionals-Hospice.

To share in Alice’s online memorial, visit www.alspachgearhart.com.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.

POSTED: 07/09/19 at 4:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joyce G. Unterbrink entered into eternal life on Saturday, July 6, 2019, while at home surrounded by family who loved her very much.  

Joyce G. Unterbrink

She was born in Ladoga, Indiana, on August 9, 1933, a daughter of David Griggs and Ruth (Smith) Griggs. She had fond memories of growing up at the Marsh Foundation in Van Wert and with foster parents Myrtle and Don Copenhaver of Payne.

She graduated from Van Wert High School in 1951. On June 9, 1951, she married the love of her life, Linus Bernard Unterbrink of Van Wert, who passed away in 2015. In their 64 years of marriage, they had five children, Cheryl L. (Larry) Freewalt of Ohio City, Bruce A. Unterbrink of Van Wert, Randal L. (Sherry) Unterbrink of Summerville, South Carolina, Cynthia K. McLachlan of Annandale, Virginia; and Raymond K. Unterbrink of Hampstead, Maryland. She also had five grandchildren, Jerald D. (Karen) Freewalt of Columbus, Jason A. (Erika) Freewalt of Delphos, Rachel (Matthew) Spencer of Elida, Samantha (Ian) Smith of Hanahan, South Carolina, and Kelsey (Joshua) Irvin of Bellevue, Nebraska; and 15 great-grandchildren.   

She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Dorothy Goldman, Betty Plummer, her infant brother, David Griggs, and 10 half-siblings.

Mrs. Unterbrink was a homemaker and a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stanley Szybka celebrant. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert with a Rosary Service starting at 6:30 that evening.  

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals Hospice, Van Wert.

Condolences may be left at www.bricknerfuneralhome.comor emailed to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.            

POSTED: 07/09/19 at 3:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries