The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, Jul. 26, 2014

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

Lyle Randal “Zeb” Mitchener, 67, of Celina, and formerly of Van Wert, died at 9:05 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Lyle Randal Mitchener

Lyle Randal Mitchener

He was born January 30, 1947, in Van Wert, the son of Dorotha J. “Dottie” (Canny) Mitchener, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Paul F. Mitchener.

Survivors include his longtime partner, Kathy Phillips of Celina; three sons, Greg (Gabriella Chavarria) Mitchener of American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Convoy, Brian (Tracy) Mitchener of Huntertown, Indiana, and Adam (Lea) Purk of Delphos; a daughter, Shana (Ken) Gilkey of Kailua, Hawaii; two brothers, Ray Lynn “Ace” (Barb) Mitchener of Linn, Missouri, and Kim (Mary) Mitchener of Findlay; a sister, Fay Ditto of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Mitchener had worked at Aeroquip Corporation and as a boiler operator at Hancor in Findlay. He had been a military policeman in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert. He was a charter member of the Wetzel Motorcycle Club and also belonged to the Celina Moose Lodge.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Online condolences may be left at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/22/14 at 8:32 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helga S. Murphy, 76, of Van Wert, died at 4:38 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born December 10, 1937, in Mannheim, Germany, the daughter of the late George and Maria Hormuth.

Survivors include two daughters, Rona (Steve) Tramell and Andrea (John) Lahmon; five grandchildren; two sisters, Lisa McTiernan of Aurora, Colorado, and Gerda (Karl) Ullrich of Germany; and one brother, Heinz (Gunda) Hormuth of Germany.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert handled arrangements.

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

POSTED: 07/22/14 at 8:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Linda Anne Youtzy, 68, of Convoy, died at 9:46 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born December 17, 1945, in Russell, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Beatrice (Blake) Russillo. On July 14, 1984, she married Jerry Lee Youtzy, who survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Suzanne Youtzy of Convoy; three sons, Michael (Shellie) Campbell of Fort Wayne, Scott (Brandy) Campbell of Berne, Indiana, and Matthew (Cheryl) Youtzy of Van Wert; two brothers, Anthony (Liz) Russillo and Edward Russillo, both of Cheektowaga, New York; two sisters, Toni (Steve) White of Springville, New York, and Margaret (Ray) Foster of West Seneca, New York; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Monday, July 21, and an hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Online condolences may be left at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 07/20/14 at 12:16 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alma Ellen Bolenbaugh, 97, of Van Wert, died at 12:28 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born January 19, 1917, in Mercer County, the daughter of the late Philip and Rebecca (Williams) Swander. On March 30, 1937, she married John Vernon Bolenbaugh, who preceded her in death on May 16, 2008.

Survivors include a son, Jack A. (Sharon) Bolenbaugh of Van Wert; three daughters, Marjorie (Robert) Waldron of Celina and Carole Doner and Jean (Thomas J.) Metzger, both of Van Wert; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

A son-in-law, Ronald Doner; two brothers, Raymond and Kenneth Swander; and three sisters, Nettie Swander, Lucy Copeland and Ola Swander, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Harold Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 3-7 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Children Hospital or the Disabled American Veterans.

Online condolences may be left at cowanfh@yahoo.com.

POSTED: 07/18/14 at 9:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gary Lynn Tribolet, 68, of Van Wert, died peacefully at 1:55 a.m. Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home. Beside him was his loving wife of 43 years, Eunice (McKinney) Tribolet and children Travis Tribolet of Van Wert and Trena (David) Puckett of Antwerp, and grandchildren Kimberly, Kelsie and David Puckett.

Gary Lynn Tribolet

Gary Lynn Tribolet

Gary was born May 13, 1946, in Van Wert, the son of the late Chester and Marcile (McCollum) Tribolet. He is also survived by his sisters, Patty Klewer and Nancy (Bill) Evans, both of Van Wert; three sisters-in-law, Barb Tribolet of Van Wert, Sandy (Carl) Wagner of Forest City, Iowa, and Ginger (Linda Markward) McKinney of Van Wert; a brother-in-law, Stephen (Marsha) McKinney of Indianapolis, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Jack Tribolet; and one brother-in-law, Rudy Klewer, also preceded him in death.

Gary was a man of few words, but his actions spoke for him. Gary loved our Lord and served and gave quietly in many ways. In his youth, he loved to race and was known as the “Red Light Kid” while racing his 1969 Oldsmobile 442 locally and the area race circuits. He was an avid NASCAR fan and his favorite driver was No. 48. Gary also loved auctions and going to Porters in Grover Hill No. 311.

In recent years he has best been known for sitting on his front porch waving to everyone. Also, going to Orchard Tree restaurant to harass the waitresses with his buddies in crime, Dean Pontius and Gary Bowman. Gary’s heart was big and he loved giving to others, but never more than for his three grandchildren.

Gary worked for more than 30 years at the former Aeroquip Corporation (now Eaton), retiring in 2001.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tim Owens officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 20, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: “Hug those that love you, serve our Lord, and give however you can.”

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

POSTED: 07/17/14 at 5:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mary E. Klopfenstein, 85, of Scott, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at her residence.

She was born October 19, 1928, in Wells County, Indiana, the daughter of the late Jacob and Minnie (Baumgartner) Tonner. On December 16, 1950, she married Marvin W. Klopfenstein, who survives.

Other survivors include a son, Keith (JoAnne) Klopfenstein of Scott; one daughter, Karen (Lester) Manz of Paulding; two sisters, Marcella (Truman) Yergler and Doris (Dale) Feichter, both of Bluffton, Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

A granddaughter, Jaymee Klopfenstein; two sisters, Cordelia Aeshliman and Lucille Reinhard; and two brothers, Curtis and Harry Tonner, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church. Burial will follow in Latty Apostolic Christian Church Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2:30-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Latty Apostolic Christian Church Fellowship Hall and an hour prior to services Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Galilean Children’s Home in Liberty, Kentucky, or Gateway Woods Children’s Home in Leo, Indiana.

Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding handled funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

POSTED: 07/16/14 at 2:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Janice Lynn Lipp, 67, of Paulding, died Friday, July 11, 2014, of injuries she received in an automobile accident that occurred in May.

She was born January 29, 1947, in Toledo, the daughter of the late Karl and Garland (Ritz) Werling. On December 27, 1969, she married her best friend, Gary Lipp, who survives.

Janice graduated in 1965 from Paulding High School and graduated in 1969 from Defiance College.

She was a member of Divine Mercy Catholic Parish and taught for 43 years in the Paulding Exempted Village School District.

Janice rescued and adopted countless dogs of many breeds. She worked rescuing through the Greyhound Inmate Experience; Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan, Galgo Scuby North America and Ohio Lurcher Project. She did transports for many greyhound groups and the Paulding County Dog Kennel.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three sons, Brian (Adrienne) Lipp of Paulding, Michael (Carrie) Lipp of Maricopa, Arizona, and Aaron (Caroline) Lipp of Greenwood, Indiana; seven grandchildren; siblings Kathy Haney of Canton, David (Brenda) Werling of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ellen (Arvin) Grimm of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Lisa Werling of Convoy, and Ann Miller of Paulding; lifelong friends Dee and Johnny Bowen; and 11 beloved dogs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, July 18, at Divine Mercy Catholic Parish. Burial will be in Paulding Memorial Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, July 17, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with a Family Memorial Service of Remembrance, followed by a Rosary, at 7 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Divine Mercy Catholic Parish, Galgo Scuby North America or Greyhounds of Eastern Michigan.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

POSTED: 07/15/14 at 9:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helen B. “Bonnie” Oakley, 94, of Van Wert, died at 5:04 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born February 4, 1920, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Ansel and Emma Louise (Courtney) Fawcett. On August 28, 1940, she married Ferman A. Oakley, who preceded her in death on July 31, 2010.

Survivors include one grandson.

A son, Michael Lee Oakley; and one brother also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with Pastor Clark Williman officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday 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 left at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 07/15/14 at 9:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Charles Henry Fast, 89, of Haviland, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, at Glenn Park of Defiance.

Charles Henry Fast

Charles Henry Fast

He was born June 5, 1925, in Paulding County, the son of the late William C. and Marie H. (Stiebeling) Fast. On February 23, 1947, he married June (Gerber) Fast, who preceded him in death on October 19, 2009.

Mr. Fast was a lifetime self-employed farmer who retired in 2012. He was a member of John Paulding Historical Society, Gideons International and member of the former Baptist Church of Haviland.

Survivors include a son, Robert (Jan) Fast of Sanford, Florida; one daughter, Barbara (Seth) Shelton of Shelby, North Carolina; a brother, William (Gloria) Fast of Haviland; two sisters, Barbara (Richard) Reichter of Andover, Maryland, and Marie (Mike) Baughman of Columbia, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Angela Myers and Joshua (Heather) Shelton; and three great-grandchildren, Brady, Alyson and Blake Shelton.

A brother, John, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 15, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding, with Pastor Joe Shouse officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Creek Cemetery in Haviland.

Calling hours are from 5-9 p.m. Monday, July 14, and an hour prior to services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Gideons International.

Online condolences may be left at www.denherderfh.com.

POSTED: 07/13/14 at 11:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Harvey L. Ireton, 73, of Van Wert, died at 4:59 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Harvey L. Ireton

Harvey L. Ireton

He was born January 2, 1941, in Van Wert, the son of the late William Harold and Clara (Johnson) Ireton. In 2000, he married Laura (Abercrombie) Ireton, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include a daughter, Stacie Lynn (Jim) Millikan of Churubusco, Indiana; one sister, Patricia Foster of Tucson, Arizona; a grandson, James (Amy) Millikan; one great-grandson, Jase Millikan; a stepgreat-grandson, Rylan; one sister-in-law, Jane Ireton; and his niece and nephew, Kathleen Ireton and Kevin (Cynthia) Ireton.

Two brothers, William and Richard Ireton, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Ireton is a retired scrapyard manager.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Animal Clinic, 13995 Lincoln Highway, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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

POSTED: 07/11/14 at 1:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries