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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Dec. 19, 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

Virginia Mae “Jenny” Wilson died Saturday, December 13, 2014.

She was the daughter of Violet Everetta (Hill) Morrison and Jewette Edward Morrison, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sets of twins, Timothy Russell Beyer, Juanita Lynn (Paul) Kline and Jennifer Lou Beyer, all of Middle Point, and Julie Lee Moore of Paulding; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A brother, James Morrison, also preceded her in death.

Memorial services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Monday, December 22, at Pentecostal Bethlehem Tabernacle in Van Wert, with the Rev. Russell Lawrence officiating.

Calling hours are from 5 p.m. up until the time of services Monday at the church.

Flower and card delivery can be made from 3-7 p.m. Sunday, December 21, and from 2-5 p.m. Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory handled funeral arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to junabepa@bright.net.

POSTED: 12/19/14 at 12:55 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mark Alan Ladd, 51, of Van Wert, died at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at his residence.

He was born June 11, 1963, in Van Wert, the son of Eugene K. and Marie A. (Lewis) Ladd. Both survive in Van Wert. He married Alma (DeLeon) Ladd, who also survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include a son, Eason T. (Michelle Crowe) Ladd of McComb; one brother, Michael L. (Renata) Ladd of Convoy; two sisters, Dr. Lori L. Ladd of Vancouver, British Columbia, and Lisa D. (Kevin) Hughes of Sylvania; and one granddaughter.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, December 19, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Clark Williman officiating.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial: American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 12/18/14 at 8:32 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert O. “Bob” Klinger, 79, of Convoy, died at 9:59 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Convoy.

He was born July 12, 1935, in Tully Township, the son of Michael George and Florence May (Osborn) Klinger, who both preceded him in death. On June 5, 1955, he married Erma E. (Moorman) Klinger, who survives in Convoy.

Other survivors include a son, Robert Craig (Nancy J.) Klinger of Convoy; one sister, Martha May (Victor E. “Jug”) Andrews of Chattanooga (Ohio); six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Ruth Marie (Klinger) Collier; two grandchildren, Amanda Joann Klinger and Autumn Dawn Collier; a brother, Michael William Klinger; and two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Yocum and Nancy Jane Whitten, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, December 19, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Wayne Kargas and Pastor Phil Wells officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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

POSTED: 12/18/14 at 12:09 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Kevin G. Pease, 54, of Haviland, died at 4:25 a.m. Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at his residence.

He was born January 21, 1960, in Van Wert, the son of Glenn “Sonny” Pease, who preceded him in death, and Karen “Kay” (Goins) Pease, who survives in Van Wert. He married Sue (Rodman) Pease, who survives in Haviland.

Other survivors include a stepsister, Lorna Mason of Cloverdale.

His stepfather, Floyd N. Mason, also preceded him in death.

Private family services will be conducted. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in Haviland.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Diabetes Foundation.

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

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

POSTED: 12/18/14 at 12:08 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Melvin J. “Bun” Pohlman, 85, of Delphos, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

Melvin J. "Bun" Pohlman

Melvin J. “Bun” Pohlman

He was born September 30, 1929, in Delphos, to Alphons and Adeline (Wellman) Pohlman, who both are deceased. On October 28, 1950, he was united in marriage with Rita Mae (Hohlbein) Pohlman, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include a daughter, Mary Kay (Don) Klausing of Delphos; two sons, Keith (Mary Lou) Pohlman of Delphos and Tim (Susan) Pohlman of Scottsdale, Arizona; two sisters, Mary Catherine “Sally” Looser of Ottoville and Rita (Norbert “Piney”) Suever of Landeck; one brother, Ronald (Joan) Pohlman of Ottawa; a sister-in-law, Pat (Mel) Pohlman Williams of Lima; seven grandchildren, Dustin, Heather and Julia Pohlman, Katie and Matthew Pohlman and Lauren (Mike) Chapman and Isaac Klausing.

Three sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores (Gene) Meyer, Lucille (Bob) Ellerbrock and Jane (John) Ricker; and a brother, Gilbert “Gip” Pohlman, also preceded him in death.

Melvin was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, the Knights of Columbus, Elks and Delphos Eagles. Melvin’s father passed away at the young age of 39, and, being 15, Melvin left grade school to help support his mother and six siblings. Melvin was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was self-employed, serving area dairy farmers for 22 years. In 1972, he joined the DeLaval Dairy Equipment Company, retiring in 1992 to enjoy his seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, December 19, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Father Ron Schlock officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery in Delphos.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. John’s Parish Foundation.

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

POSTED: 12/17/14 at 7:07 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jeff G. Muhlenkamp, 53, of Fredericktown, and formerly of Rockford, died unexpectedly at his home on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

He was born in Portland, Indiana, the son of Frank and Virginia R. (Snavely) Muhlenkamp, who both preceded him in death.

Survivors include two children, Lindsey R. Muhlenkamp of Van Wert and Dylan L. Muhlenkamp of Fredericktown; his stepmother, Marge Cunningham of Celina; two brothers, Mike (Cindy) Muhlenkamp of Celina and Tony Muhlenkamp of Willshire; and three sisters, Christine Muhlenkamp of Coldwater, Beth (Don) Wendel of Monroe, Indiana, and Pam (Andy) Siegrist of Fort Recovery.

Memorial services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Dennis Turner officiating.

Calling hours are from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the children for their college educations or to The Daily Bread newsletter, c/o RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49555.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.

POSTED: 12/16/14 at 6:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John Patrick McCarthy, 88, of Van Wert, died at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

John Patrick McCarthy

John Patrick McCarthy

He was born December 31, 1925, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a son of James and Patrick and Hazel (Sweeney) McCarthy, who both are deceased. On June 27, 1953, he married Margaret (Blasko) McCarthy, who died January 24, 2012.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include three sons and a daughter, Michael J. (Suzanne) McCarthy of Lewis Center, James “Jim” (Jennifer) McCarthy of Mariemont, Anne E. (Jack) Moses of Palo Alto, California, and Patrick J. McCarthy of Cincinnati; eight grandchildren, Sean (Melissa) McCarthy, Jared McCarthy, Erin Schmidt, Graham McCarthy, Nicholas McCarthy, Jackson Moses, Same Moses and Tucker Moses; two great-grandchildren, Ella McCarthy and John McCarthy; a brother, James McCarthy; and one sister, Mary LeBlanc.

A sister, Catherine McCarthy, also preceded him in death.

Mr. McCarthy was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, where he had been an usher for many years. He had served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert. He was also a member of Elks Lodge 1197 in Van Wert. Earlier, he had worked on several Habitat for Humanity homes and was a longtime employee of Aeroquip Corporation.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 19, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Stanley Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by the combined units of Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 18, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, where a Rosary service will be held at 8:30 that evening. Following the cemetery service, a luncheon reception will be held in the St. Mary’s Church hall.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society and Honor Flight.

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

POSTED: 12/14/14 at 9:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rachel N. Middleton, 94, of Convoy, died at 6:48 p.m. Friday, December 12, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born October 19, 1920, in Harrogate, Tennessee, the daughter of Levi and Dora (Daniel) Saylor, who both preceded her in death. On August 19, 1940, she married Dewey Middleton, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, Dewey Wayne (Stella) Middleton of Defiance and Larry (Marilyn) Middleton of Demotte, Indiana; a sister, Elizabeth Mitchell of Van Wert; seven grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Cleda Mae Middleton, who died at birth; and four brothers, Arthur Saylor, Millard Saylor, Elmer Saylor and Levi Vernon Saylor, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 17, at Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy, with the Rev. Bud Walls officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Wounded Warrior Project or the American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 12/13/14 at 4:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ruth Marie Crone of Grover Hill went to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 11, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.

Ruth Marie Crone

Ruth Marie Crone

She was born November 26, 1925, in Paulding County, the daughter of Lee M. and Belva (Sherry) Ross Sr., who both preceded her in death. On November 12, 1942, she married George Crone, who also preceded her in death, on September 6, 1997.

She was a member of the former Church of Christ in Grover Hill, where she was a member of the Ladies’ Aid of the church and a youth Sunday school teacher. She attended First Christian Church of Christ in Paulding.

Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl (Maury) Wistner of Grover Hill, Vicki (Gary) McClure of Paulding and Tammy (Lee Byerly) Barkley of Ossian, Indiana; five grandchildren, Robb (Laurene) Wistner, Chad (Darci) Wistner, Jennifer (Brian) Aden, Julie (Shawn) Cook and Nathaniel (Kelsey) Barkley; and nine great-grandchildren, Nick, Koby, Keagan and Lance Wistner, Cady Cook, Clark Aden, Caia Cook, Maddox Barkley and Carter Cook.

A brother, Lee M. Ross Jr.; and three sisters, K. Marcile Jenkins, Doris Jean Long and a sister who died in infancy, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, December 15, at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, December 14, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Community Health Professionals-Hospice in Van Wert or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 12/12/14 at 6:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John P. McCarthy, 88, of Van Wert died at 12:13 p.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Service arrangements are being made through Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

POSTED: 12/11/14 at 10:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries