The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018

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

Lucas Rolland “Luke” Tobias, 39, of Van Wert, found peace on Saturday, February 17, 2018.

Lucas A. ‘Luke’ Tobias

He was born December 6, 1978, the son of Virginia “Jenny” (Parsons) Tobias and Aaron Bidlack of Grover Hill. He is also survived by his father, Steve Tobias of Van Wert.

Luke was a 1997 graduate of Lincolnview High School, where he was a wonderful saxophone player and an excellent art student. He was a fabulous waiter and wine connoisseur, as well as a radio disc jockey. Luke finally found his passion in helping bring comfort and joy to those in need, thus leading him to successfully acquire his nursing degree in 2010.

A smile and gentle heart were always found in Luke’s presence. Art, cooking, and spending time with his nine nieces and nephews were his favorite pastimes.

He is also survived by his siblings, Anjie (Jeremy) Hanicq, Brandon (Bernadine) Tobias, Matt (Kasey) Tobias, Sarah (Kody) Tobias Johnson, Matt, and Lowanda Shulte, Steven Bidlack, Ashley (Casey) Louth, Freda Bok; his nieces and nephews, Ryleigh, Aydreigh and Zacreigh Hanicq, Hayden and Adalyn Tobias, Emma and Parker Tobias, Zaelynn and Legend Sites, Phoenix Johnson, and Blake and Chase Louth; and his fur-baby, Lilly.

His grandparents, Clarence Bidlack, Louie and Goldie Stemen, and Charles Parsons; uncles Dan and Charlie “Shorty” Parsons; an aunt, Steff Lehman; and cousin, Ashley Parsons Harter, also preceded him in death.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, February 23, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating.

Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the family to offset final expenses.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/20/18 at 7:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard E. Foust, 57, of Haviland, died at 10 p.m. Monday, February 20, 2018, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

He was born August 31, 1960, in Van Wert, the son of Richard W. Foust, who preceded him in death, and Carol (Adams) Ross, who survives in Haviland.

He is also survived by two brothers, John Foust of Florida and Wesley Foust of Middle Point; a stepbrother, Frank Ross Jr. of Portsmouth; one half-brother, Matt Foust of Ohio; a sister, Shannon (Shawn) Puckett of Haviland; and one stepsister, Mary Thatcher.

A sister, Donna Fennig, also preceded him in death.

There are no services planned at this time.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/20/18 at 7:41 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joan M. Culp, 82, of Delphos, passed away Monday, February 19, 2018, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born December 19, 1935, the daughter of LeRoy and Golda (Harpster) Louth, who both preceded her in death. On August 19, 1956, she married Eugene Culp, who died February 14, 1999.

Survivors include two sons, Eugene (Deanna) of Delphos and Randy (Dawn) of Grover Hill; a daughter, Lisa (Tony) Cross of Delphos; two sisters, Karen (Richard) Fegley of Convoy and Sandy (Dan) Von Sossan of Fort Jennings; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by three brothers, Gary, Paul and Albert (infant) Louth; and a sister, Janice West.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with the Rev. Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will follow at Antioch Cemetery. 

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, February 22, and an hour prior to funeral services at the funeral home. An Eastern Star service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/20/18 at 3:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Sharon K. Overholt, 59, of Gomer, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018, surrounded by her family at her residence after a 10-year battle with cancer.

She was born July 30, 1958, in Lima, the daughter of Leon “Curly” Hall, who preceded her in death, and Betty (Foust) Hall, who survives in Elida. On May 19, 1979, she married Brian Overholt, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Brady (Allison) of Elida, and Jaden (Hillary) and Riley, both of Gomer; a daughter, Kayla (Andy) Wita of Elida; one sister, Linda (Toby) Jenkins of Elida; a sister-in-law, Pat Hall of Florida; and eight grandchildren.

A brother, Gary Hall, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, February 23, at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Elida, with the Rev. Bruce Tumblin officiating. Burial will follow in Carmen Cemetery near Gomer. 

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, February 22, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and an hour prior to funeral services at the church.

Preferred memorials: The church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/20/18 at 3:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Patricia Ann Bare, 73, of Van Wert, died at 4:11 a.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

She was born November 25, 1944, in Van Wert, the daughter of Doyle and Mildred (Slattery) Tribolet, who both preceded her in death. On May 17, 1968, she married Raymond Darel Bare.

They moved to Arizona and Raymond died there. Patricia then moved back to Van Wert, where she spent her final years.

She is survived by an uncle, Ralph (Betty) Tribolet; an aunt, Helen Crone; a companion, Tim Robeson; and may Tribolet-Slattery relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 22, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Greg Wack officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

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

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

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 10:46 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

John O’Dell, 88, of Salem, Illinois, died Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert, surrounded by family.

John O’Dell

He was born November 16, 1929, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Ezra Lee O’Dell and Mable Kathryn (Phipps) O’Dell, who both preceded him in death. He married Noreta Joan Daughtery on February 17, 1951, in Centralia, and she also preceded him in death.

John was the retired minister at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salem, Illinois.

He attended Centralia Township High School where he graduated in 1947. During high school, he played the trumpet in the concert and marching band. After high school, John worked for Huggins Grocery Store, Kas Potato Chip, and Hollywood Brands candy company. He graduated from McKendree College in 1967, Dayton Theological Seminary in 1971, and became an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church in 1973. He served as a minister in the United Methodist Church for over 50 years.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Miller of Grover Hill and Cindy Nash and husband, Keith, of Palestine, Illinois; two sons, John O’Dell Jr. and wife, Penny, of Lima, and Timothy O’Dell and wife, Beth, of Vincennes, Indiana; five grandchildren, Lisa Speith and husband Christopher of Van Wert, Diana Tomlinson and husband Jon of Van Wert, Melissa Fishburn and husband Steve of Indianapolis, Indiana, Blake Nash of Palestine, Illinois, and Stephanie Wukusick and husband Tommy of Lima; seven great-grandchildren, Taylor Tomlinson, Zachary Tomlinson, Kenadie Speith, Haley Speith, Parker Speith, Mason Speith, and Hank Wukusick; and one great-great grandson, Carter Bochard.

A son-in-law, Rick Miller, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services for John O’Dell will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 24, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salem, Illinois, with Terri Haas presiding. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery in Salem. Visitation will be from five to seven at the Rogers-Atkins Funeral Home in Salem, Illinois.

Preferred memorials: Trinity United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society and can be left at the funeral home.

POSTED: 02/19/18 at 3:32 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Arleta Mae (Kollath) Augsburger of Elida died at 7 p.m. Friday, February 16, 2018, after a long period with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was born February 10, 1923, near Seymour, Wisconsin, the daughter of Arthur and Estella (Thompson) Kollath, who both preceded her in death

She is survived by her husband, Oren; one son, Larry (Jeananne) Augsburger; two daughters, Betty (Paul) Munn and Janet (Paul) Burford; 10 grandchildren; and a l number of great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Salem Mennonite Church in Allen County.

Visitation is an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Mennonite Central Committee or Salem Mennonite Church.

Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos is handling arrangements.

POSTED: 02/18/18 at 8:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Heaven Lee Starr, 28, of Elida, passed away Friday, February 16, 2018, at the Cleveland Clinic from a rare disease she survived far longer than many other victims.

She was born January 25, 1990, in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Chris and Tammy Starr. Her father survives in Florida and her mother in Pennsylvania.

Other survivors include her fiancé, Mathew Hodde of Elida; and one brother, Brandon Starr of Florida.

A Celebration of Life service will be held at a later date. 

Arrangements were handled by Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/18/18 at 7:59 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gene Collins, 83, of Rockford, and formerly of Lima, died Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Colonial Nursing Home in Rockford.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert is assisting with arrangements.

POSTED: 02/16/18 at 11:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Brendan David Poling, 49, of Mendon, died Thursday, February 15, 2018 in a work-related accident at his place of employment.

He was born September 11, 1968, the son of Walter Poling, who survives in Van Wert, and Barbara Courtney Poling Good, who survives in Venedocia. He is also survived by his stepfather, Charles Good of Lima.

Other survivors include his wife, Jennifer Meyer Poling; three sons, Nathan of Delphos, and Noah and Nevin at home; and five siblings, Sean Poling of Van Wert, Heather Ann Poling (Kevin) Matthews of Van Wert, Ian Good of Minnesota, Colin Good of Van Wert, and Meghan Good of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A son, Nicholas; one brother, Brian; and his grandparents, James and Anna Courtney, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Salem United Presbyterian Church in Venedocia, with the Rev. Thomas Emery officiating. Following the service, Delphos Veterans Council will render military honors. Burial will follow in Mendon Cemetery. 

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, February 18, 2018, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, and an hour prior to services Monday at the church.

Preferred memorials: To his children.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/16/18 at 11:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries