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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015

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

Edith M. Campton died Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Denver, Colorado.

Edith M. Campton

Edith M. Campton

She was born February 1, 1917, in Van Wert, the daughter of LeRoy and Arthelia (McClain) McGowen, who both preceded her in death. On November 23, 1938, she married Howard Campton, who preceded her in death. On August 2, 1990, she married Marvin Meier, who survives.

Mrs. Campton graduated from Hoaglin-Jackson High School.

Other survivors include a daughter, Jean Ann (Lorne) Gale of Tucson, Arizona; two grandchildren, Reed (Michelle) Bradford of Peachtree City, Georgia, and Krista Bradford of Denver, Colorado; three great-grandsons, Taylor, Parker and Logan; her son-in-law, Lorne, also has four children who survive, Lori, Brad, Cory and Chad; and 10 grandchildren; while her husband, Marvin, also has four children, Larry, Douglas, Kimberly and Christopher, as well as 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Nine brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at a later date in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: The American Heart Association.

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

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

POSTED: 04/01/15 at 1:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

William J “Lump” Hoverman, 65, of Van Wert, died Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at his residence.

William J Hoverman

William J Hoverman

He was born October 12, 1949, in Paulding, the son of Vernon and Pollyanna (Dickinson) Hoverman, who both preceded him in death.

Mr. Hoverman worked in Tennessee, Kentucky, Texas, and New Jersey before returning to Van Wert to work and take care of his mother. He was an independent representative for Books Are Fun and sold materials to area schools at the time of his death.

He graduated from Van Wert High School and Ohio University. He loved to play golf, trivia games, loved sports — especially anything involving Ohio State University — was an avid card player and loved to read. He was a member of Elks Lodge 1197 and Willow Bend Country Club, both in Van Wert.

Survivors include two brothers, Kim (Bonnie) Hoverman of Van Wert and Jay (Andrea) Hoverman of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a sister, Toni (Chuck) Bair of Hamilton Lake, Indiana; two nephews, Zach (Kimmie) Hoverman of Nashville, Tennessee, and David (Brooke) Hoverman of Fort Wayne; a niece, Chelsea Hoverman of Fort Wayne; and a step-nephew, Travis (Jodi) Knittle of Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Josh Angel officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Brumback Library or Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 03/30/15 at 12:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Shirley A. Saam, 78, of Van Wert, died at 3:46 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Shirley A. Saam

Shirley A. Saam

She was born September 3, 1936, in Mercer County, the daughter of Vilas and Wanda (Bader) Deitsch, who both preceded her in death. She married Dale E. Saam, who survives in Van Wert.

Mrs. Saam was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Ohio City.

In addition to her husband, survivors include three children, Eugenia (Mark) Bishop of Lima and Rodney (Susan) Saam and Colleen (John) Wiley, both of Van Wert; two brothers, Gary (Elaine) Dietsch and Gerald (Jeannie) Deitsch, both of Rockford; a sister, Nancy Cummins of Celina; and three grandchildren, Jonathan Tyler Bishop, Kayla Colleen Bishop and Tyler James Wiley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Ohio City, with the Rev. Chad Strabbing officiating. Burial will be in Evangelical Protestant Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: St. Paul’s Reformed Church.

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

POSTED: 03/29/15 at 4:07 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mary J. Bebout, 89, of Van Wert, died at 3:35 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Mary J. Bebout

Mary J. Bebout

She was born September 1, 1925, in Paulding, the daughter of Frank and Clara (Fraker) Eschbach, who both preceded her in death. She married Gene L. Bebout, who died May 6, 1996.

Survivors include four children, Steve E. (Marilyn) Bebout, Scott A. (Angie) Bebout and Connie S. Bebout, all of Van Wert, and Deborah J. Oliver of Greenville; a son-in-law, Randy Agler of Van Wert; two sisters, Virginia Amli of Dayton and Annabelle Ishmael of Virginia Beach, Virginia; seven grandchildren, Joshua Bricker, Jennifer Porter, Kristen Terhark, Brian Agler, Heather Prichard, Alyssa Bebout and Jaxon Bebout; and 10 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Joyce A. Agler; two brothers, Robert and Lloyd Eschbach; and two sisters, Beatrice Allmandinger and Kathryn Yoder, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Bebout worked for Van Wert City School District. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 2, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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

POSTED: 03/28/15 at 6:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Steve Hatfield, 58, of Van Wert, passed away at 1:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at his residence.

Steve Hatfield

Steve Hatfield

He was born January 25, 1957, in Chillicothe, the son of Betty Hatfield, who survives in Chillicothe, and Jack Hatfield, who preceded him in death. Larry Roth was his lifelong friend, mentor and adopted father.

He is survived by his two sisters, Rhonda and Joy; two sons, three daughters and 11 grandchildren, as follows: Steven (Angie) Hatfield of Van Wert, and grandchildren Daegan Hatfield, Conlan Hatfield and Emryn Hatfield; Stacie Davis of Van Wert and grandchild Brayson Davis; Aaron (Leah) Hatfield of Speedwell, Tennessee, and grandchildren Skye Hatfield, Kylix Hatfield and Jaden Spurlock; Kari Hatfield of Van Wert and grandchildren Jaiden Goodwin and Karlye Goodwin; and Brandy Hatfield of Van Wert and grandchildren Kamron Davis and Cassidy Davis.

Steve was a 1976 graduate of Van Wert High School. He worked at the Honda Shop in Van Wert for more than 20 years and was also employed by the City of Van Wert.

Steve was a member of Moose Lodge 1320 in Van Wert, where he enjoyed spending time with friends. He was a beloved father and son, and was a great friend to all who knew him.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at Brickner Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, March 28, and an hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

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

POSTED: 03/26/15 at 9:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James W. Robey died at 4:21 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

James W. Robey

James W. Robey

Jim was born June 7, 1928, in Van Wert County, to Thomas I. and Lela E. (Murphy) Robey of Van Wert, who both preceded him in death. He graduated from Van Wert High School (T&I) in 1946, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps in June of 1948.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011While stationed in Washington, D.C., he met a lovely girl (Reba Bonham) from Virginia and married her in 1951. They then returned to Van Wert in 1952 and had three children.

From 1954 to 1987, Jim had the honor and pleasure of working with, and supervising, the greatest group of people that was ever put together in a manufacturing operation … Aeroquip Corporation’s Industrial Division.

Jim was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert and was very active in community activities during his lifetime.

Survivors include his wife, Reba, of Van Wert; three children, Bill (Kathy) Robey of Palmetto, Florida, Cindy (Tim) Hammond of Dublin and Mike Robey of Beavercreek; a brother, Pete (Lucy) Robey of Yuma, Arizona; two sisters, Jean Foust of Lima and Mary Ashley of West Lafayette, Indiana; five grandchildren, Randall Peacock, Tyler Peacock and Brian Peacock, all of Palmetto, Florida; Katharine Hammond of San Diego, California; and Nick Hammond of Dublin; and three great-grandchildren, Emerson and Jack Timmerman of San Diego and Gannon Peacock of Palmetto.

A brother, Dave Robey, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. William Haggis II officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the preferred memorial is Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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

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

POSTED: 03/26/15 at 4:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Robert G. “Bob” Johnston passed away at 1:46 p.m. Monday, March 23, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Robert G. Johnston

Robert G. Johnston

He was born June 17, 1928, in Celina, to Paul and Grace (Hoel) Johnston, who both preceded him in death.

He graduated from Celina High School in 1947 and attended Miami University in Oxford. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict stationed in Germany as a hospital laboratory technician.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011After discharge, he worked for Standard Oil Company and, in 1953, started his career at Central Mutual Insurance Company. He held a number of positions in the Personal Lines Underwriting Department until his retirement in 1990.

In 1953, he married Dorothy Jean (Sielschott) Johnston, who survives. He is also survived by his two sons and their families: Mark R. (Vicki) Johnston of Van Wert, granddaughter Melissa (Jason) Marsik and great-grandchildren Hannah and Brody Marsik, all of Florence, South Carolina; and Steven P. (Geri) Johnston of Van Wert, granddaughter Dawn (Jay) Evans, great-grandson Gavin Evans, all of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and stepgranddaughter Cara (Noah) Beall of Dayton.

Robert was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert, where he served his Lord as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, youth leader, and church council member and president. In his retirement, he cared for the church lawn for 17 years.

An avid golfer, he was particularly proud of his two holes-in-one at Hickory Sticks Golf Club (formerly The Woods Golf Club), where he was a member for many years. He also felt honored to receive a citation signed by President Harry Truman after he and his father rescued a woman from a submerged car.

Robert was a 50-year member of Celina Lodge 241, Free & Accepted Masons, and served as master of the lodge in 1961. He was district deputy of Order of DeMolay Chapter 15, and a holder of the Legion of Honor award from that organization.

Robert was a life member of Elks Lodge 1197, Hickory Sticks Golf Club, Willow Bend Country Club, and served as a Red Cross volunteer at Van Wert County Hospital.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, with Pastors William Haggis II, Sharon Stonerock and Doug Meyer officiating.

Calling hours are from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the St. Mark’s Gathering Room and an hour prior to the service Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: St. Mark’s Lutheran Church or Van Wert County Hospital.

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

POSTED: 03/24/15 at 11:57 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Janet Louise (Shaffer) O’Neill, 73, of rural Middle Point, died at 2:09 p.m. Monday , March 23, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 24, 1941, near Rockford, the daughter of Hoyt and Edith (Whittenbarger) Shaffer, who both preceded her in death. On November 18, 1961, she married T. James O’Neill, who survives in Middle Point.

Other survivors include three children, Kevin J. (Connie) O’Neill of New Bremen, Cheryl (Shawn) Klinker of Van Wert and Brian (Jody) O’Neill, of Rockford; sister, Dorothy Christian of Lexington, Kentucky; one sister-in-law, Shirley Shaffer of Decatur, Indiana; a brother-in-law, Patrick (Phyllis) O’Neill of Mendon; and nine grandchildren.

A brother, Lowell Shaffer; and one brother-in-law, Bill Christian, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with John A. Rager officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Brumback Library in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 03/24/15 at 11:52 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jeane M. Galehouse, formerly of Stow, died March 21, 2015.

Born in Alliance, the daughter of George Scott and Elizabeth Anne Kallenbaugh, who both preceded her in death, she married Frank Galehouse, who also preceded her in death, as did her first husband, Harry Mills.

Survivors include a son, Scott (Michelle) Mills of Van Wert; one sister JoAnn Schentur of Independence; a stepdaughter, Susan (Ben) Laubach of Stow; one stepson, Steven (Diane) Galehouse of Bay Village; three grandsons; two great-granddaughters; and many stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Martha Kallenbaugh; one sister and brother-in-law, Bette and Charley King; a brother, George Scott Kallenbaugh Jr.; and one brother-in-law, Raymond E. Schentur, also preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at First Christian Church of Stow, with the Rev. Jonathan Rumburg officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Salvation Army of Summit County, 190 S. Maple St., Akron, OH 44302 or at www.salvationarmy.org.

POSTED: 03/24/15 at 8:00 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marysue (Jettinghoff-Garlinger) Wilson, 74, of Delphos, died Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at her residence.

She was born May 6, 1940, in Mount Vernon, Illinois, the daughter of Frank and Flora (Gilsdorf) Jettinghoff, who both preceded her in death. She married Ralph Wilson, who survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include a daughter, Leanna (Garlinger) Nelson of Eden Prairie, Minnesota; a grandson; one sister, Barbara (Gerald) Redford of Forsyth, Illinois; and a brother-in-law, Robert Weiss of Norman, Oklahoma. She also served as guardian for three young adults, Jenny Kriger of Los Angeles, California, Michael James of Ironton and Hope McBride of San Diego, California.

A sister, Joyce Weiss, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel in Delphos, with the Rev. Harry Tolhurst and Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Delphos.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First Presbyterian Church in Delphos or a charity of donor’s choice.

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

To view the funeral online, visit the above website at the time of the service (password: webcast9).

POSTED: 03/24/15 at 6:17 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries