The Van Wert County Courthouse

Monday, Sep. 23, 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

Bradford Darrell Stetler, 51, of New Haven, Indiana, died at 8:50 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Bradford Darrell Stetler

He was born September 6, 1968, in Van Wert, the son of Dudley and Betty (Basil) Stetler, who both preceded him in death. 

Brad was a 1986 graduate of Van Wert High School in Van Wert. He was a member of the Fellowship Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, playing in the praise band and working on the tech team; a member of TND Fireworks in Decatur, Indiana, and a volunteer since 2004 with Trinity Communications. He was an Ohio State Buckeyes fan and enjoyed camping and cycling. He was also a bass player for numerous local bands, including Teazer and Childzplay.

Surviving are a sister, Sandy (Dan) Sampson of Harbor Springs, Michigan; a brother, John (Deb) Stetler of Cloverdale; five nieces and nephews, Salix Sampson, Benjamin Sampson, Andrew Fischback, Abby (Michael) Coppel, and Carly Stetler; and a great-niece, Amelia Coppel.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, at Fellowship Missionary Church, 2536 E. Tillman Road in Fort Wayne, with Pastors Gordon Miller and Dave DeSelm officiating.

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 24, and an hour prior to services Wednesday, all at the church.

Preferred memorials: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.

Young Family Funeral Home, Hudson/Ashley Chapel, 612 N. Main St., Hudson, Indiana, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.youngfamilyfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 09/21/19 at 7:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lois I. Gardner Zeisloft, daughter of Elmer and Lulu Rager, was born May 30, 1927, and passed away September 20, 2019. 

Lois I. Gardner Zeisloft

She is survived by her children, Connie, married to Bob Brinton Jr., of Manheim Pennsylvania, Ron Gardner of Dublin; Dennis Gardner, married to Patti, of Holland (Ohio), and Marlene “Marci”, married to Gary Martz of Van Wert.; and three generations of grandchildren.

Lois married Dwight Gardner in March 1947 and lived on a farm at Convoy and became a working farm wife until their divorce in May 1970. During this time, she also worked part-time during the winter months at the Van Wert County Agriculture Extension Office, Ohio Employment-Unemployment Office, and Phillips Manufacturing in Van Wert.

She moved to Van Wert in 1974 and then in 1981 took her job with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, first in Lakeland, Florida, and then in Winter Haven, Florida. She retired on December 29, 1989.

In December 1991, Lois married a retired farmer, Dale Zeisloft. They lived in Winter Haven, Florida, during the winter and at their Findlay farm home during the summer. Dale preceded Lois in passing in March 2014. 

The extended Zeisloft family includes a son, Dean Zeisloft, married to Kay, of Findlay; and one daughter, Ann Benner, married to Robert, of Ten Mile, Tennessee, and their children and families.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at Convoy United Methodist Church, 207 N. Main St., in Convoy, with the Rev. Bill Thomas officiating.  Burial will immediately follow in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is one hour prior to services on Sunday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Lois’ memory may be sent to Convoy United Methodist Church, 207 N. Main St., Box 397, Convoy, OH 45832

Funeral arrangements are by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 09/20/19 at 7:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Maxine Jane Vorhees, 82, of St. Marys, formerly of Mendon, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019, at her residence.

She was born October 29, 1936, in Van Wert, the daughter of Earl and Marjorie (Harmon) Arnold, who both preceded her in death. She married John “Ben” Vorhees in November 1953, and he died in August 2004.

Survivors include a son, Jay (Virginia) Vorhees of St. Marys; one daughter, Jill (Dave) Roehm of Willshire; three grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Larry Piper of Lima; and two sisters-in-law, Jane Now of Rockford and Jackie Stallter of Celina.

Two sisters, Loretta Arnold Wilson and Sandra Arnold Piper; and nine brothers- and sisters-in-law: Bob Wilson, Genevra Holland, Margaretta and Bill Kiniman, JoAnn Mulkey, Nadine and Alice Lee Vorhees, Bill Now and Dick Stallter, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, September 23, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon, with Bev Hurlburt officiating. Burial will follow in Mendon Cemetery.  

Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, September 22, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: Grand Lake Hospice. 
Condolences may be expressed at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.

POSTED: 09/20/19 at 7:32 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ralph W. “Bud” Miller, 78, of Mendon, passed away Monday, September 16, 2019, at Celina Manor.

He was born February 22, 1941, in Delphos, the son of John W. and Ruth (McAdow) Miller, who both preceded him in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Dawn Leugers of Celina and Michelle Gould of the United Kingdom; five grandchildren; and a sister and two brothers, Marilyn, Larry, and Jerry Miller. 

A brother and sister, Charles Miller and Jean Dotson, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, September 19, at W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Celina, with Pastor Randy  Christian officiating.

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

Condolences may be expressed at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.

POSTED: 09/18/19 at 3:54 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lowell E. Krick, 72, of Mendon, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 14, 2019, in Three Rivers, Michigan.

He was born August 22, 1947, in Celina, the son of Henry Junior and Marcile Irene (Sherman) Krick, who both preceded him in death. On March 9, 1968, he married the former Martha Rasawuhr, who survives in Mendon

Other survivors include three daughters, Trish (Mitch) Marshall of Kenton, and Angie (Josh) Sheets and Beth Krick, both of Mendon; three grandchildren; two brothers, Larry (Alice) Krick and Martin Krick, both of Celina; and two brothers- and sisters-in-law, Daniel (Janet) Rasawuhr of Mendon and Mary Jim) Sutter of Fort Recovery.

A granddaughter, Zoe Ilene Michele Crider; one sister-in-law, Betty Krick; and two nephews, Alyn Krick and Brett Rasawuhr, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 18, at First Church of God in Mendon, with Pastor Jake Boroff officiating. Burial will follow in Mendon Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 17, and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials: First Church of God, 102 N. Wayne St., Mendon, OH 45862, or Fort Street Car Classics, P.O. Box 285, Fort Recovery, OH 45846.

Arrangements were handled by W.H. Dick & Sons-Hellwarth Funeral Home in Mendon.

Condolences may be expressed at dickandsonshellwarthfh.com.

POSTED: 09/16/19 at 1:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Alice Penn, 76, of Rockford, passed away Friday, September 6, 2019, at Dublin Methodist Hospital. 

She was born December 14, 1942, in Rockford, the daughter of Edwin Frederick and Rebecca Cedell (Tussing) Penn, who both preceded her in death. 

Survivors include two nephews.

Two brothers, Harold and Robert, also preceded her in death.

Visitation is from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with graveside services immediately following in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford, with Pastor Chip Steffy officiating.  

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

POSTED: 09/16/19 at 1:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jason Dean Hoffman, 55, of Van Wert, went to his heavenly home to be with his mother, Joyce, and other family and friends on Friday, September 13, 2019, at Parkview North Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

He was born June 12, 1964, in Van Wert, the son and only child of Jerry and Joyce (Beall) Hoffman.

Jason graduated from Vantage Vocational High School in 1982. He worked as a machinist and loved to ride his dirt bikes and Harley Davidson motor cycles. Jason had a great sense of humor and was a good friend to many. As a child he attended Trinity United Methodist Church and later in life attended First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his father, Jerry, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including Bryan Johns, who was more like a brother.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Joyce, whom he loved dearly and referred to as his best friend. During his mother’s extended illness at home, he was a caregiver.

Jason had a big belly, but a bigger heart for those who knew him as a son and friend. He will be truly missed until we join him in heaven.

A Celebration of Life for Jason will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 21, at First United Methodist Church in Van Wert, with Pastor Chris Farmer officiating.

Visitation is from 4-7 p.m. Friday, September 20, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com

POSTED: 09/15/19 at 9:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joe R. Allen, 80, of Paulding, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in Paulding. 

He was born May 19, 1939, in Van Wert, the son of Raymond Arthur and Vera (Edwards) Allen, who both preceded him in death. He was married to the former Martha Lou Albright, who died in 1981.  

He is survived by a son, Scott Allen of New Haven, Indiana, and several cousins.  

Joe graduated from Van Wert High School in 1957 and then attended and graduated from Bowling Green State University. In his younger years, he attended the United Methodist Church. He was very interested in attending car shows and karate exhibitions and held a third-degree black belt in karate. He was also the 2005 PKC Indiana champion in Kata. He was a retired art teacher.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

Arrangements are by Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 09/13/19 at 1:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dorothy R. Benner, 89, of Van Wert, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at Hearth and Home in Van Wert.

Dorothy R. Benner

She was born December 8, 1929, in Towamencin Township, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Melvin C. Brandis and Luella (Reed) Brandis, who both preceded her in death. She married Webster B. Benner Jr. on March 1, 1947, in Worcester, Pennsylvania, and he died March 30, 2018.

She is survived by her four daughters, Ellen (George) Huey of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Barbara (James R.) Early of Van Wert, Dolores Benner of Cridersville, and Joan (Loren) Bailey of Orlando, Florida; eight grandchildren, Annette (Mark) D’Amelio, George Huey Jr., Wayne Gilbert, Jeffrey Huey, Pamela (Darren) Schallert, Brandon (Keri) Early, Stephanie (Mark) Haney, and J. Kyle (Nicole) Early; 15 great-grandchildren; her brothers, Melvin (Alice) Brandis, Robert Brandis, and Donald (Darlene) Brandis; and a sister-in-law, Mary Brandis.

A brother, Henry Brandis, and one sister-in-law, Beatrice Brandis, also preceded her in death.

Dorothy worked at Ace Manufacturing in Pennsylvania before moving to Ohio. In Ohio, she was a member of Welcome Wagon Club, the Van Wert Woman’s Club, and Tuesday morning bowling. Dorothy enjoyed making crafts and going to craft shows, garage sales, flea markets, and bingo, and she loved her flowers. She was a very good cook and pie maker. She loved her family and playing cards and games with them.  

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Kurt Tomlinson officiating. Burial will follow immediately in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.  

Visitation is from 11 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: Hearth and Home or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

POSTED: 09/13/19 at 5:56 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Stephan R. Lay, 63, of Grover Hill, passed away at 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, 2019, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, while surrounded by his loving family.

He was born October 25, 1955, in Van Wert, the son of Richard F. and Olive M. (Stemen) Lay, who both preceded him in death. He married the former Angela Storm on September 10, 1983, and she survives in Grover Hill.

Other survivors include two daughters, Caitlyn (Alex) Schmidt of Defiance and Nickie (Dale) Kosan of Scott; a sister, Bonnie (Phil) McClure of Van Wert; one brother, Ed (Lynn) Miller of Middle Point; and one granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Will Haggis officiating.

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 13, and one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home. 

Preferred memorials: Grover Hill Fire and EMS .

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 09/12/19 at 8:18 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries