The Van Wert County Courthouse

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

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POSTED: 12/28/10 at 3:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Info

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett of Fort Wayne, Indiana, went peacefully to be with her Lord on Friday, October 17, 2014, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett

Sandra Kay (Lehman) Burnett

She was born March 18, 1949, in Van Wert, the daughter of Patricia L. Jackson, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Herman D. Lehman.

During high school, she was a candy striper at Van Wert County Hospital, and after graduating from Van Wert High School, she worked at Van Wert Manor and Celina Manor.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her stepfather, Paul Jackson of Van Wert; a son, Adam Williamson of Fort Wayne; two grandsons, Dillon Williamson and Noah Williamson, both of Fort Wayne; two sisters, Cheryl (David) Prior of Van Wert and Beth (Paul) Hitchcock of Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be conducted Wednesday, October 22, in Fort Wayne, with Pastor Jim Burns of Liberty Baptist Church in Van Wert officiating.

There will be no visitation.

POSTED: 10/21/14 at 11:41 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donna L. Lehman, 86, of Defiance, and formerly of Van Wert, died at 10:20 p.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Heartland of Waterville in Waterville.

She was born January 5, 1928, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Walter E. and Nellie E. (Lake) Poling. On October 5, 1947, she married Edwin J. Lehman, who preceded her in death on October 1, 1985.

Survivors include two children, James O. (Barbara) Lehman of Olmstead Falls, and Janice A. (Paul “Craig”) Furnas of Defiance; four grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Janet Poling Ray.

Three brothers, Darrel, Kenneth and Vernell Poling; and a sister-in-law, Helen Poling, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Bob Jenks officiating, assisted by the Rev. Clark Williman. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, October 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Calvary Evangelical Church, St. John’s United Church of Christ, or the American Heart Association.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 10/17/14 at 5:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donita C. Good, 66, of Antwerp, died at 8:27 p.m. Friday, October 10, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Convoy.

She was born February 6, 1948, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Rudel and Margaret (Thomas) Good.

Survivors include a brother, Randy Good of Convoy; one sister, Debbie (Tim) Willis of Stuart, Virginia; and a sister-in-law, Pam Good of Convoy.

A brother, Doug Good, also preceded her in death.

In lieu of services, a preferred memorial can be given to State of the Heart Hospice in Celina. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements were handled by Gearhart-Jurczyk Funeral Home & Crematory in Convoy.

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

POSTED: 10/15/14 at 6:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Bonnie R. Stidham, 86, of Wren, died at 4:12 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 18, 1928, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of the late John Adolf and Bonnie Violet (Beyers) McCroskey. On July 23, 1949, she married Everett Stidham, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include four children, Michael Ray Stidham of Wren, Debra Jane Ann Wiess of Willshire, Catherine Carpenter of Wren and Verda Louise (Roger) Napier of St. Marys; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A son, Everett Earl Stidham; one brother, Verne Everett McCroskey; and a sister, Alma Louise Barker, also preceded him in death.

Services will be announced at a later date.

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

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

POSTED: 10/14/14 at 4:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ira Everette Coleman went to be with his Lord on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Ira Everette Coleman

Ira Everette Coleman

He was born August 11, 1920, at the family home in the hills of Millard, Kentucky, to Abraham Lincoln and Anna Elizabeth Coleman. On Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 1946, he married Montella (Thomas) Coleman, who preceded him in death in 2007.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011In January 1941, he joined the 38th Infantry Division, Medical Regiment. When World War II broke out, he was stationed as a medic in the Philippines.

Ira was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert for over 60 years. Ira worked at Continental Can Company in Van Wert for 31 years, retiring and starting a new job with Aeroquip Corporation until he finally retired for good. He was a member of American Legion Post 346 in Ohio City.

Ira loved his family, church and his country.

Ira is survived by a son, Robert (Diane Mercer) Coleman; a daughter, Susan Welker; six grandchildren, Guy (Annie Brinkman) Coleman, Tania Canales, Heidi Hammond, Carol (Jay Jones) Canales, Holly (Chris) Huss and Kaitlin (Scott) Wilkins; five great-grandchildren, Bethany (Adam) Watkins, Nathaniel (Brittany Harruff) Kline, Nicholas Barrientos, Austin (Bailey) Hammond, and Emilie Jones; and three great-great-granddaughters, Sylvia, Corrine and Nevaeh. He is also survived by a brother, Abraham (Irene) Coleman Jr.; two sisters, Pauline Craig and Ellen Werts; and three sisters-in-law, Hazel Coleman, Jean (Roscoe) Abbott and Patricia Thatcher.

A brother, Cecil Coleman; and four sisters, Flora Polly, Mary Zinna, Zettie Eunice Coleman and Hazel Faye Rofrits, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 17, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Josh Tissot officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, where graveside military honors will be provided by Legion Post 346 in Ohio City.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, October 16, and an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church.

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

POSTED: 10/14/14 at 3:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Arthur W. Yoh, 91, of Van Wert, ran into the arms of Jesus at 8:42 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Arthur Yoh

Arthur W. Yoh

He was born April 29, 1923, in Scott, the son of the late Ervin S. and Elizabeth (Bender) Yoh. He married Marilee (Foster) Yoh, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include two children, Beth Ann Yoh of Van Wert and Brenda L. (Brian) Shoop of Birmingham, Alabama; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Patrick) Gorman, Julie (Andy) Emerine, Jonathan (Kristen) Perkins, Scott (Andrea) Shoop, Emily (Joshua) Aldy, Hannah Shoop, Sarah Shoop and Jesse Shoop; and eight great-grandchildren.

Three brothers, Louis, Lester and Howard Yoh; and a sister, Olive Yoh, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Yoh was a farmer and a butcher for Rager’s Country Butcher Shop, and was a self-employed contractor. He was a very active member of Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert and was a U.S. Navy veteran who served during World War II.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 16, at Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steve Savage officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Trinity Friends Church or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

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

POSTED: 10/14/14 at 5:56 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Janet L. Lininger, 86, of Van Wert, died at 8:12 a.m. Monday, October 13, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born January 29, 1928, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Erich and Nelle (Bronson) Carpenter. She married Robert Lininger, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two sons, Richard (Beth) Lininger of Angola, Indiana, and Gary (Carol) Lininger of Van Wert. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Tom Lininger, Erin (Ben) Culler, Katie Lininger and Melissa (James) McKean; and six great-grandchildren.

Janet was a life member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Lininger Brothers in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 17, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor William Haggis II officiating.

Calling hours are from 9:30-11 a.m. Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals-Hospice.

Arrangements were handled by Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 10/13/14 at 4:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert Charles Stahl, 89, of Van Wert, died at 6:17 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at Van Wert Manor.

He was born May 21, 1925, in Ohio City, the son of the late Walter Leroy Stahl Sr. and Lois Edna (Reever) Stahl. On June 19, 1946, in St. John’s Lutheran Church near Ohio City, he married Dorthy Louise (Sigler) Stahl, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Three brothers, William, Wayne Arthur and Walter L. Stahl Jr.; and three sisters, Alma E. Wolfe, Margaret I. Dull and Rita Belle Ries, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 16, at Wesley United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Steven G. Waterman and Josh Tissot officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, with graveside military honors performed by the combined honor guard of Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Wesley United Methodist Church or Van Wert County Hospital.

Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert handled arrangements.

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

POSTED: 10/13/14 at 4:14 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Max Roebuck, 94, of Rockford, died at 5:47 p.m. Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.

He was born December 17, 1919, in Rockford, the son of the late Harry and Otie (High) Roebuck. On August 14, 1948, in Celina, he married Myrtle Bernice “Bea” (Sielschott) Roebuck, who survives.

Other survivors include three children, Danny (Linda) Roebuck and Gary Roebuck, both of Rockford, and Janet (John) Hetz of Plymouth, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A son, Keith Roebuck; one half-sister, Desamonia Dudgeon; and a cousin, Dale Dudgeon.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, October 17, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastors Chip Steffy and Sharon Stonerock officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Rockford.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, October 16 and an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: State of the Heart Hospice in Coldwater.

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

POSTED: 10/13/14 at 4:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lorraine N. Miller, 89, of Van Wert, died Saturday morning, October 11, 2014, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

Lorraine N. Miller

Lorraine N. Miller

She was born November 8, 1924, in Paulding County, the daughter of the late Harold and Mildred (Grady) Clear. She married the Rev. Paul W. Miller, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Bruce (Sandy) Miller of Grabill, Indiana, and Paulette Burnett of Van Wert; a sister, Nancy Parlette of Lima; seven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Two sisters, Joanne Burk and Carol Kroeger, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Miller was homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 15, at First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Gus Christo-Baker officiating. Burial will be in Middle Creek Cemetery in Grover Hill.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, October 14, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 10/11/14 at 2:51 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries