The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014

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

Herbert Wilson Brandt, 99, of Rockford, and formerly of Willshire, died at 9:50 p.m. Friday, November 21, 2014.

He was born November 27, 1914, in Willshire, the son of the late Otto Arthur and Eva Rose (Wise) Brandt. On November 26, 1942, he married Anna L. (Fahncke) Brandt, who survives in Rockford.

Other survivors include five children, Janet (Ralph) Huge and Edgar (Bev) Brandt, both of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Carol (DeWayne) Knipstein of Hoagland, Indiana, Alan (Kay) Brandt of Rockford and Cary (Kim) Brandt of Willshire; 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and three stepgreat-grandchildren.

A brother, Carl Brandt; and three sisters, Esther Brandt Havens, Berniece Brandt Shell and Louise Brandt Baughman, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, November 23, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Karen Tamorria officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery in Chattanooga.

Calling hours are from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Zion Lutheran Church.

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

POSTED: 11/22/14 at 8:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Joseph E. Crum, 82, of Van Wert, died at 6:40 a.m. Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born September 13, 1932, in Maltoa, the son of the late Edward Raymond and Hazel (Davidson) Crum. On May 16, 1952, he married Doris Jean (Mantz) Crum, who preceded him in death on May 20, 2011.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Survivors include four sons, Joe Crum Jr. of Upton, Kentucky, Mike Crum of Fairborn, Ed (Judi) Crum of Dayton, and Gary Crum of Cincinnati; two daughters, Cindy (Doug) Stemen of Wapakoneta and Sue (Charles) Wheeler of Elida; four sisters, Betty Storms, Ellen Stanly, Norma Gipson, and Evey Murkerson; 17 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Deborah Jean, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors performed by the combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Salvation Army Food Bank.

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

POSTED: 11/22/14 at 8:42 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donald Eugene Stoddard, 66, of Van Wert, died at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

He was born May 11, 1948, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin, the son of the late William and Anna (Williams) Stoddard. He married Linda Louise (Sandel) Stoddard, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two sisters, Marjorie (Bill) Duxbury of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, and Wanda (Keith) Lause of Columbus Grove; a brother, William Joseph Stoddard of Black River Falls; two nieces, Brandie Jo Rayer and Sarah Mae Lause; a brother-in-law, Dennis Eugene Sandel of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his children, Ashley Lorrine Sandel and Paul Matthew Brian Sandel.

A sister, Katherine Stoddard, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Stoddard had worked at Decatur Industries in Decatur, Indiana, and worked for many years in the Thomas Edison Adult Workshop. He bowled and played many other sports with the Thomas Edison Special Olympics team.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

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

Preferred memorials: Thomas Edison School and the American Cancer Association.

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

POSTED: 11/21/14 at 9:48 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donald E. Stoddard, 66, of Van Wert died at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2014, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Arrangements are being completed through Brickner Funeral Home of Van Wert.

POSTED: 11/21/14 at 7:16 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Vernon O. Pond, 101, of Scott, died at 8:43 a.m. Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at Country Inn Living Center in Latty.

Vernon O. Pond

Vernon O. Pond

He was born November 8, 1913, in Van Wert County, the son of the late Omar and Myrtle (Weyer) Pond. On May 4, 1936, he married Ruth (Mosier) Pond, who survives.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include four children, Maxine Pond of Van Wert, Milford (Sherri) Pond of San Diego, California, Roger (Marianne Rentz) Pond of Seal Beach, California, and Fred (Marcia) Pond of Scott; two half-brothers, Ray (Nancy) Pond of Tallahassee, Florida, and Richard Pond of Chattahoochee, Florida; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

A sister, Dorothy Foust; and three half-sisters, Aileen Barley, Mary Pond and Eleanor Long, also preceded him in death.

Vernon was a lifetime farmer and second-generation owner of Pond Seed Company in Scott.

Vernon was proud of his family, and his biggest wish was that they would all have a college degree, which he lived to see become a reality.  Then he started working on the grandchildren and they are on their way. Vernon loved visiting with people. In his later years, he loved to sit in one of the chairs in front of Pond Seed Company and talk with everyone who came by. Vernon Pond thought Scott, Ohio, was the center of the universe! He was a graduate of Haviland High School, was a 32nd degree Mason and member of Van Wert Masonic Lodge, KYC of Honor, Zenobia Shrine Temple, a past president of Scott Lions Club, a former member of the Paulding National Guard, served on the Scott Equity Exchange Board of Directors, and was past president of both the Ohio and International Flying Farmers Association. He also attended International Business College in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A Masonic funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. A private family burial will be take place at Scott Cemetery.

Calling hours are from noon-3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Scott EMS squad, Scott Lions Club or Country Inn Activities Fund.

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

POSTED: 11/19/14 at 3:28 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Verne Cadell Bartz, a resident of Van Wert since 1951, passed away peacefully on November 17, 2014, at Vancrest Health Center in Convoy after a brief illness.

Verne Bartz

Verne Cadell Bartz

He was born September 11, 1924, in Tully Township, Van Wert County, to the late Frank C. and May Trevlyn (Curtis) Bartz. On July 27, 1946, he married Marilyn Sue (Edwards) Bartz, who survives.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011He is also survived by a son, Tom E. (Tammy) Bartz of rural Grover Hill; a daughter, Joan K. Bartz of Selah, Washington; one sister, Eudora P. Putman of Fairborn; grandchildren Brandon Bartz and Kristy Grindell; stepgrandchildren Chad Jay, Matthew Jay and Kristen Maenle; six great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A brother, Curtis V. Bartz; and sisters Marian E. Carey, Wilma C. Parker and Lola P. Koenig; and two stepgrandchildren, also preceded him in death.

Verne retired from the Continental Can Company after 38 years as a machinist. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed at Drew Army Airfield in Tampa, Florida, where he was a B-17 mechanic working on aircraft used for training fighter and bomber crews.

He always enjoyed vacations with his family. One of the first was to Florida in 1953, returning to Bradenton and Cocoa Beach for many years. Family travels also included New York, Massachusetts, Texas, Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, Idaho and points in between. Verne was a founding member of the Grover Hill Lions Club and a lifetime member of Isaac Van Wert American Legion Post 178.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 21, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy, with graveside military honors performed by combined units of Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, also in Van Wert.

Calling hours will be an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Salvation Army Food Pantry in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 11/18/14 at 11:36 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Stephen M. Fennig of Van Wert died Saturday, November 15, 2014, at his residence.

Stephen M. Fennig

Stephen M. Fennig

He was born October 4, 1957, in Mercer County, the son of Donald E. Fennig, who survives in Van Wert, and the late Marilyn M. (Miller) Fennig.

Other survivors include three children, Jacquelyn Wolford of Ottawa, Kayla (Noel) Morris of Venedocia and Derek E. Fennig of Pinellas Park, Florida; three sisters, Sharon Franklin of Walton, Kentucky, Leslie (Steven Hughes) Fennig of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Stephanie Fennig of Van Wert; and one grandchild, Blake Morris.

A brother, Mark A. Fennig, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Fennig was a diesel mechanic with G.L.M. Trucking in Rockford. He was a devoted father, an avid Harley-Davidson and gun enthusiast, and loved animals.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 21, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Will Haggis officiating. Burial will take place at noon Friday in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery in Wabash (Ohio). Friends and family are invited to 220 Wassenberg Drive at 2 p.m. Friday for food and fellowship.

Calling hours are from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, November 20, and an hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

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

POSTED: 11/18/14 at 11:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dale L. Springer, 86, of Van Wert, died at 7:17 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 29, 1928, in Hicksville, the son of the late Razzi and Magdelina Springer. On June 12, 1947, he married Beverly “Sue” (Free) Springer, who preceded him in death on January 13, 2010.

Survivors include two sons, Randy (Carol) Springer of Van Wert and Rick (Sarah) Springer of Eaton; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Two brothers, Gene and Max Springer, also preceded him in death.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with the Rev. Gus Christo-Baker officiating.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

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

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

POSTED: 11/17/14 at 3:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rolland L. Hainline, 78, of Van Wert, died Sunday morning, November 16, 2014, at his residence.

He was born May 17, 1936, in Mercer County, the son of the late Harold LeRoy Hainline and Evelynn (Shellabarger) Hainline Spees. On November 4, 1956, he married Sharon (Stivers) Hainline, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two children, Robin (Jim) Hainline Young of Van Wert and Mark Hainline of Arcanum; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Lance Hostetler officiating. A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 20, at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 2-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Grace Bible Church in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 11/17/14 at 12:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Thelma Grace Sinn, 86, of Ohio City, died at 10:11 p.m. Saturday, November 15, 2014, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born August 5, 1928, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late James and Violet (Black) Eddy. On March 8, 1947, she married John R. Sinn, who preceded her in death on February 27, 2005.

Survivors include four children, David V. (Deanna) Sinn of Decatur, Indiana, Bruce (Vickie) Sinn of Worthington, Brian (Brenda) Sinn of Convoy and Beth (Terry) Fackler of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one sister, Jean Schmid of Van Wert; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A brother, Floyd Eddy; two sisters, Peg Hammond and Virginia Slane; and one grandchild, Danielle Sinn, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 19, at Convoy United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Greg Leigh officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, November 17, at Gearhart Jurczyk Funeral Home in Convoy.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

 

POSTED: 11/16/14 at 5:52 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries