The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Aug. 17, 2018

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of July 1, 2017, full obituaries will cost $40 (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 487, 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

Meindert van den Hengel, 57, of Scott, died at 2:04 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, 2018, at his residence.  

He was born September 6, 1960, in Gouda, The Netherlands, the son of Jacob Cornelis van den Hengel, who preceded him in death, and Dirkje (Bode) van den Hengel, who survives in Stolwijk, The Netherlands. He married Alie van Erk and she survives in Scott.

He is also survived by his three children, Rick (Rachel) van den Hengel of Paulding, Marloes (Joe) Gable of Fort Jennings, and Edwin van den Hengel of Scott; two sisters, Jacqueline (Theo) Hoogendoorn of Haastrecht, The Netherlands, and Judith (Peter de Redelijkheid) van den Hengel of Streefkerk, The Netherlands; and a nephew.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Mohr Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, August 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Scott or Grover Hill Volunteer Fire Department.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 08/16/18 at 8:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helen Holtzapple, 91, of Elida, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 3, 1926, in Continental, the son of William and Orah (Ladd) Myers, who both preceded her in death. On September 7, 1946, she married Wayne Holtzapple, who died November 15, 1966.

Survivors include two daughters, Sue (Johnnie) McFarland of Elida and Sandy (Arthur) Elsass of Lafayette; a brother, Earl Myers; one sister, Ruth Prowant; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Six brothers, Marion, Samuel, Virgil “Bud,” Simon, David, and Ike Myers; and two sisters, Louise Wagner, and Ethel Ickes, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, August 20, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Terry Porter officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 19, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Emmanuel United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/16/18 at 8:43 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lucille Hiiesalu, 93, of Rockford, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at Colonial Nursing Home in Rockford.

She was born December 11, 1924, in Rockford, the daughter of Charles and Molly (Germann) Schumm, who both preceded her in death. On July 6, 1952, she married Heldur Hiiesalu, who died March 29, 2007.

She is survived by three nieces who were her caregivers, Jill Yoder, Susan Hull, and Sheryl Harner; and many other nieces and nephews including great-, and great-great nieces and nephews.

A son, Kevin Hiiesalu; three brothers, Charles, Fred, and Herbert Schumm; and one sister, Virginia Crabtree, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Shirrel Petzoldt officiating. Private burial will be held Monday, August 20, in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is an hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Good Shephard Lutheran Church in Toledo.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 08/16/18 at 8:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Regnald “Reg” McBride, 83, of Hamilton, and formerly of Rockford, died early Saturday morning, August 11, 2018, at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown.

He was born September 8, 1934, in Black Creek Township, Mercer County, the son of Earl and Dorothy (Ripley) McBride, who both preceded him in death. On December 3, 1988, he married Sheila Dickerscheid, who survives in Hamilton.

Other survivors include four stepsons, Brian (Laurie) Bennett, Paul (Marian) Bennett, Joe (Jami Jo) Bennett, and Chris (Tanya) Biehle; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Joyce (Jim) Boone, of La Mesa, California; and one sister-in-law, Rhonda Dickerscheid of Seven Mile.

A sister, Theda “Teddy” Cuffari, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 19, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Mark Rutledge officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Rockford. 

Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the time of services Sunday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: Animal Protective League of Mercer County.

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

POSTED: 08/15/18 at 8:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donna Jean Lentz, 83, of Van Wert, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Donna Jean Lentz

Donna was born in Payne September 11, 1934, a daughter of Ronald and Thelma (Wren) McCurdy, who both preceded her in death.

She enjoyed her family, time at the lake and the beach, and loved to crochet.

Donna will be sadly missed by her children, Vicky Huebner of Convoy and Kevin (Betty) Lentz of Fort Wayne, Indiana; two grandchildren, Nathan and Justin Huebner; and two great-grandchildren, Jerica and Jace Huebner.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lentz; and a sister, Carol Strayer.

Donna’s funeral service is at 10:30 a.m. Friday, August 17, at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 State Route 500 in Payne. She will be laid to rest in Lehman Cemetery.

Viewing is from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the time of services at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Redeemer Lutheran Church near Convoy.

Fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 10:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lisa L. Baker, 55, of Van Wert, died at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born December 2, 1962, in Jolliet, Illinois, the daughter of Richard Boothe, who preceded her in death, and Shirley (Ed) Bettenhausen Kacian, who survives in Alabama.

Other survivors include her children, Danielle Roberts and Amber Baker, both of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Charles Clifford III and Corryn Clifford, both of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Jocelyn Roberts, Elyssa Roberts, Kasyn (Ross) Schisler, twins Kevin Davies III and Ayelyn Davies, all of Van Wert; a sister, Beth Triezenberg of Illinois; and one brother, Richard “Dickie” (Claudia) Boothe of Illinois.

A daughter, Ashley Baker; and one sister Wendy Winters, also preceded her in death.

Lisa was a production employee at Federal Mogul’s Van Wert plant and previously had worked at Findlay Industries.

There will be no public visitation or funeral.   

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

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 10:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Charles D. Hunter, 60, of Ohio City, passed away at 11:07 a.m. Sunday, August 12, 2018, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born February 18, 1958, in Marion, Indiana, the son of Charles T. and Ilene (Quick) Hunter, who both preceded him in death.

He is survived by his fiancée, Tina Sanders of Ohio City; 10 children; a brother; one sister; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 08/14/18 at 10:18 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gordon R. “Dick” Brubaker, 91, died unexpectedly at his home in Shawnee Township, Lima, on Sunday evening, August 12, 2018.

He was born February 23, 1927, in Van Wert, the son of Vernon Franklin and Bernice (Foor) Brubaker, who both preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis A. (Burley) Brubaker; a son, Kevin L. (Lynn) Brubaker of Columbus; and a number of close nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, August 16, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Bryan Bucher officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, where graveside military honors will be rendered by a combined honor guard of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, August 15, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Shawnee Optimist Club, Shawnee United Methodist Church, or the Van Wert County Foundation.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 08/13/18 at 10:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Harold L. “Short” Shaffer, 73, of Rockford, died early Saturday morning, August 11, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born in Celina on June 30, 1945, the son of John William and Grayce (Gibson) Shaffer, who both preceded him in death. On October 19, 1968, he married Patricia A. Linn, and she survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include four children, Eric Lee Shaffer of Ohio City, William Jacob (Karen) Shaffer of Englewood, Kimberly Sue (Danny) Schaffner of Rockford, and John Henry (Melissa) Shaffer of Celina; four grandchildren; a sister, Ruth (Tom) Myers of Rockford; and several nieces and nephews.

A brother, Gale Shaffer, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 18, at St. John Lutheran Church in Celina, with Pastor Jeffery Gramza officiating. Burial will follow in Mercer Memory Gardens in Celina. Military honors will be rendered by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5713 in Celina. 

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Friday, August 17, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church. There will be a Masonic service on Friday at 7 p.m. Friday, followed by a service conducted by the Rockford Eagles. 

Preferred memorials: American Heart Association (Mercer County Chapter) or Rockford Eagles.

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

POSTED: 08/12/18 at 7:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lucille Rose Watkins, 102, of Van Wert, died at 6:48 p.m. Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Hearth & Home in Van Wert.

Lucille Rose Watkins

She was born September 7, 1915, in Athens, the daughter of Otto H. and Millicent (Paget) Rose, who was born in Broad Marston, England. Both her parents preceded her in death. On September 11, 1936, she married Calvin G. (Jack) Watkins, who died February 20, 1989.

Surviving are two sons, David (Angela) Watkins of Van Wert and Gregory Watkins of Columbus; two granddaughters, Chelsea Watkins of Jacksonville and Shawn (Michael) Hayes of Gonzales, Louisiana, and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A son, James Paget Watkins of Fort Wayne, Indiana, four sisters, lva Mae Marquis of Bryan, Pauline Gabriel of Logan, Martha Heffernan of Galion, and Margie Wiley of Lima, and her brother, William Rose of Hebron, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Watkins retired from the Central Companies in 1985 after more than 30 years of service. She loved to travel and enjoyed going to the branch offices to work. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert for over 70 years, where she was a member of the Martha/Ruth groups in the Women’s Society and a Sunday school teacher for many years in the children’s department.

She also served as a Cub Scout Pack 35 den mother for several years, was a member of Twig ll, the Chautauqua Club, and a former member of the YWCA.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, August 13, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.         

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 12, and an hour prior to funeral services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First United Methodist Church or the YWCA.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 08/10/18 at 4:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries