The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Apr. 18, 2014

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

Cletus “Dale” Stripe, 90, of Van Wert, died at 5:55 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Cletus "Dale" Stripe

Cletus “Dale” Stripe

He was born October 3, 1923, in Van Wert, the son of the late Cletus and Norma (Gribler) Stripe. On June 14, 1947, he married Marie (Louagie) Stripe, who preceded him in death on December 3, 2009.

He is survived by his children, Theresa (Jim) Beard and Fran American Flag for obituaries 6-2011(Steve) White, both of Van Wert, Marcia (David) Wright of Sylvania, Dennis (Diane) Stripe of Mahwah, N.J., Father Keith Stripe of Maumee, and Katherine (Robert) Howard of Westerville; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

One brother, Bill Stripe; and two sisters, Harriet Pearson and Phyllis Ashbaugh, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Stripe was a carpenter and home builder. He was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, the local Knights of Columbus, American Legion Post 178 and was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Keith Stripe officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by the combined units of Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with a Parish Rosary will be recited at 8 that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church.

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

POSTED: 04/17/14 at 8:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Glenn “Ponch” “Bobby” Pontius went to be with the Lord at 7:57 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center after a long, hard fight with cancer.

Glenn Pontius

Glenn Pontius

He was born November 1, 1940, in Geneva, Ind., the son of the late Robert and Pauline (Yoss) Pontius. He is survived by his wife, Donna (Goodwin) Pontius, to whom he had been very happily married for 48 years.

Other survivors include a brother, Richard (Karen) Pontius of Van Wert; one sister, Sandra Leeth of Florida; a sister-in-law, Barbara Barrientos of Van Wert; and two close nephews, Matthew (Misty) and Paul Garfield Pontius.

Two brothers, David Karl and Paul Garfield Pontius, also preceded him in death.

Glenn was a retired employee of Aeroquip-Eaton Corporation, having been employed there for 44 years.

Glenn loved his family, friends and everyone he knew. He was a fun-loving man who enjoyed life, being around people and talking to them. He never saw a stranger and would do anything he could for you. Glenn was a hard-working man who liked to keep busy all of the time, whether working outside in his yard and garden, going coin hunting, swimming in his pool or doing woodworking, which he had learned from his grandfather, a master carpenter.

He especially loved watching NASCAR to see if any of his Ford drivers would win. He also would always take time when his wife would ask him to sit with her and watch “The Young and the Restless.” He loved all the dogs he had and his special cat, Boots. He liked the old gospel hymns played on the organ, plus County and Western songs and the “oldies” of the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies.

Glenn always said to “thank the Lord for every day you still have on this earth. Never take anything for granted. Never to go bed mad with your loved one ‘cause there may not be a tomorrow for you to be together.” Whenever anyone would ask how old he was, he would always say “older than dirt.”

Glenn would say that, “to survive, we need a few hugs per day. To sustain us, add laughter along the way. Then, to flourish, spread kindness in all we say.”

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 1 p.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

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

POSTED: 04/16/14 at 10:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Charles R. Rollins Sr., 65, of Ohio City, died at 12:25 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born May 31, 1948, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Virgil Elmer and Ruby Mae (Holland) Rollins.

Survivors include four children, Charles R. (Jenny) Rollins Jr. and Jeremy Rollins, both of Van Wert, David Rollins of Ohio City and Joel J. Rollins of Toledo; four brothers, John K. (Ethel) Rollins of Van Wert, Jack L. (Beth) Rollins of Summerton, S.C., Ronald A. Rollins of Colorado and Donald B. (Billie) Rollins of North Carolina; six grandchildren; and the mother of his children, Pamela Dellinger of Van Wert.

A son, Michael James Rollins (February 23, 2003) and a granddaughter, Dalila Rose Rollins, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Randy Bevington officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Calling hours are from 9-11 a.m. May 3 at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City Fire Department.

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

POSTED: 04/15/14 at 8:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Thalia Rochelle Christlieb was stillborn at 1:10 a.m. March 18, 2014, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital.

Survivors include her mother, Joanie N. Christlieb of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters, Briana and Adalyn Byrd, at home; grandparents Rod “Shorty” and Jan Heiser of Rockford and Jeff Christlieb of Fort Wayne; five great-grandparents, Joan Feichter of Rockford, Dean Feichter of Las Vegas, Nev., Carl and Evie Christlieb of Greenville and Carolyn Christlieb of Fort Wayne; and three uncles.

Great-grandparents Bob and Peg Hodge preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastors Dave Souers and Matt Rhynehart officiating.

Calling hours are from 10 a.m. until the time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

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

POSTED: 04/14/14 at 8:45 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert G. “Rob” Ratliff, 49, of Delphos, died at 10:54 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Cleveland Clinic.

He was born July 14, 1964, in Kaiserslautern, Germany, the son of Larry and Annerose Ratliff, who survive in Middletown. He married Kim (Young) Ratliff, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include three children, Sergei (Daria) Ratliff of Newington, Conn., Sasha Ratliff of Delphos and Nadia Ratliff of Lima; a sister, Jennie (Doug) Creekbaum of Middletown; a brother-in-law, Rich Young of Columbus; one grandson; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at Grace Community Church in Lima, with the Rev. John Heyward officiating.

Calling hours are from 1-3 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Gideons International.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert is in charge of local arrangements.

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

POSTED: 04/13/14 at 3:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Opal F. Germann, 92, of Van Wert, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born September 27, 1921, in Van Wert, the daughter of the late Elmer and Elnora (Stemen) Leiter. On August 7, 1939, she married Raymond “Mike” Germann, who preceded her in death on July 12, 1997.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Torstad of Northport, N.Y., and Beverly (James) Imler of Tega Cay, S.C.; one brother, Fred Leiter of Van Wert; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Four brothers, one sister, and a grandson, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Philip Zielinski officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Wednesday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or the American Cancer Society.

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

POSTED: 04/13/14 at 2:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gloria Jean Giessler, 82, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

She was born June 21, 1931, in Willshire, the daughter of the late Casey and Marcile Trisel. On July 8, 1951, she married Carl Giessler, who survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Colette (Jerry) Price of Tucson, Ariz., and Carleen (Nat) Brown of Bishopville, S.C.; a granddaughter, Melissa Parrett of Berne, Ind.; a grandson, Ryan Sauers of Bishopville, S.C.; two great-grandchildren, Casey and Gianna Parrett; a sister, Marlene (Jim) Habegger of Decatur, Ind.; one brother, Dennie Trisel of Willshire; and many nieces and nephews.

A son, Brett, also preceded her in death.

Gloria was a gifted pianist and organist who touched many lives with her musical talents and skills. She taught piano and organ out of her home near Ohio City and at both Hardin’s and Turner’s music stores in Van Wert. She also served as church organist at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Harrison Township for 20 years.

After moving to Fort Wayne, Ind., she continued teaching music from her home, as well as at Fred Myers’ Music Store until moving to Tucson in August 2000.

She will be remembered for being caring, supportive and encouraging to family, friends and students, and for her beautiful smile.

A memorial service will be conducted in Tucson, Ariz., at a later date.

No visitation is planned at this time.

Preferred memorials: St. Paul’s Reformed Church.

Arrangements were handled by Bring Funeral Home in Tucson, Ariz.

POSTED: 04/13/14 at 12:05 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Cleo E. Wells, 85, of Van Wert, died at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Cleo E. Wells

Cleo E. Wells

He was born August 9, 1928, in Grover Hill, the son of the late Lawson and Inez (Cotterman) Wells. On June 7, 1952, he married Jackie L. (Brotherwood) Wells, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include four children, Ed (Cindy) Wells of Colorado, Ron (Linda) Wells of Convoy, Sheryl (Jim) Burns of Michigan and Jenny (Stan) Lichtenberger of Van Wert; a brother, Herman (Doris) Wells of Van Wert; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

One brother, Harold Wells; three sisters, Kate Yearling, Dorothy Dilbone and Lucille Dyer; and one grandchild, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Wells retired as a receiving clerk at Van Wert County Hospital after 31 years of service. He was a 10-year American Red Cross volunteer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, April 14, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Red Cross or the Vancrest Health Care Center Activities Fund.

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

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 9:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Margaret Ann Cagle Ziegler of Van Wert, and formerly of Asheboro, N.C., died Thursday, April 10, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born December 7, 1933, in Seagrove, N.C., the daughter of the late Lindsey and Josie Cagle. She was married to the Rev. Carl Ziegler, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth “Buffie” (Phil) Parrish of Brown Summit, N.C., and Rosanah (Jeff) Foster of Van Wert; two sons, Lee (Cheryl) Ziegler of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Lowell (Yvonne) Ziegler of Garner, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and two sisters, Pat (Gordon) Ray and Linda Cagle of Seagrove, N.C.

A sister, Mable Simmons; and one daughter-in-law, Nancy Ziegler, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Oakhurst Baptist Church in Asheboro, N.C., with Dr. Richard Crider, Chaplain Tim Pheagin and Patricia Gaines officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

Calling hours will be following the service in the church fellowship hall.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891 or www.comhealthpro.org.

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

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

POSTED: 04/11/14 at 4:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dwight B. Rhoades, 90, of Venedocia, died at 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

He was born October 23, 1923, in York Township, Van Wert County, the son of the late Alonzo and Ada Mary (Jones) Rhoades. On November 22, 1945, he married Marjorie J. (Knittle) Rhoades, who survives.

Other survivors include a son, Steve M. (Sammie) Rhoades of Findlay; two daughters, Mary (Charles) Brenner of Zanesville and Carol (Marty) Sullins of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, John M. (Phyllis) Rhoades of Waynesboro, Va.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A brother, Paul W. Rhoades; and one sister, Thelma Rhoades, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Salem United Presbyterian Church in Venedocia, with the Rev. Tom Emery officiating. Burial will be in Venedocia Cemetery.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals-Hospice or Salem United Presbyterian Church.

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

POSTED: 04/08/14 at 6:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries