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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016

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 487, 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.

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Kathleen M. “Casey Sue” Burk, 71, of Van Wert, died at 3:17 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016, at Van Wert Manor.

She was born April 5, 1944, in Rockford, the daughter of Harry and Bertha (Daughtery) Beougher, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two children, Shawn (Renee) Burk of Ohio City and Christina (Mark) Nowak of Grover Hill; a brother, Frank (Alice) Beougher of Coldwater; six sisters, Mary Lou Thorson of Illinois, Marilyn Kline, and Eileen West, all of Van Wert, Linda (Marvin) Fosnough of Indiana, Shirley Sutton of Van Wert, and Janell (Larry) Williams of Wapakoneta; and three grandchildren.

Two brothers, Raymond and Dan Beougher; and her twin sister, Katherine Beougher, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with Wayne Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Otterbein Cemetery at a later date.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 6-8 Monday, February 15, at the funeral home.

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

POSTED: 02/12/16 at 10:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ramon C. Murray, 67, of Van Wert, died at 10:17 a.m. Friday, February 12, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 20, 1948, in Van Wert, the son of Roy Murray, who preceded him in death, and Dorothy (Kiehl) Murray, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011He married Marilyn Sue (Feasby) Murray, who also survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include a daughter, Christina Lynn Murray of Van Wert; and two brothers, Brian Murray of Van Wert, and Vernon D. (Mary) Murray of Delphos.

Private graveside services will be conducted at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

There will be no calling hours.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

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

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

POSTED: 02/12/16 at 10:03 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Kevin T. Thatcher, 51, of Middle Point, went to be with our Lord at 1:22 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center after fighting a hard battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

Kevin T. Thatcher

Kevin T. Thatcher

He was born April 26, 1964, to Danny and Phyllis (Wisener) Thatcher, who survive in Middle Point.

Other survivors include his children, Kory Thatcher, Kaylee Thatcher, and Julia Thatcher, all of Van Wert, and Kyle Thatcher of Middle Point; a sister, Melanie (Dennis) Miller of Middle Point; nephews Dustin Miller of Columbus and Austin Miller and Logan Miller, both of Middle Point; a niece, Morgan (Ben) Warnecke of Waynesfield; and his companion, Theresa DuCheney.

Kevin was a lifelong farmer and loved farming for his dad, uncle, and grandparents. He enjoyed snowmobiling with family and friends in Michigan and riding his Harley-Davidson across the country. He drove truck for Conrad’s Trucking in Van Wert and later for Landstar Trucking in Florida. He was a 1982 graduate of Lincolnview High School.

Kevin truly loved his family, friends, and life!

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, February 15, 2016, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, February 14, and an hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Kevin T. Thatcher Agricultural Scholarship Fund, through Lincolnview Local Schools, or the 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: 02/11/16 at 6:34 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Timothy D. West, 21, of Latty, died at 4:04 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Paulding County Hospital in Paulding.

Timothy D. West

Timothy D. West

He was born January 11, 1995, in Van Wert, the son of Andy and Bonnie (James) West, who both survive in Latty. He married Elizabeth (Schneider) West, who also survives in Latty.

Other survivors include a son, Gabriel West, at home; one brother, Zach (Rebecca) West of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a sister, Melonie (fiance Larry Shaner) West of Van Wert; his father- and mother-in-law, Andy and Tara Schneider of Merrill, Wisconsin; a brother-in-law, Sam Schneider of Merrill; two sisters-in-law, Briana Schneider and Lexie Schneider, both of Merrill; his maternal grandmother, Gerrie James of Beaver, Utah; his paternal grandfather, James (Janet) West of Ohio City;and his grandparents-in-law, Barry and Blossom Litke of Merrill.

His maternal grandfather, Richard James; and paternal grandmother, Janice West, preceded him in death.

Tim was a 2013 graduate of Wayne Trace High School, where he wrestled and played football. He loved to make people laugh and to help out wherever needed. He loved being an uncle to his nieces and nephew, and spending time with Elizabeth’s uncle, Pastor Isaac Litke. Most importantly, though, Tim’s world revolved around his wife, Elizabeth, and their son, Gabriel.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 13, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Chuck Oliver officiating.

Calling hours are from 2-7 p.m. Friday, February 12, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To Tim’s son, Gabriel.

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

POSTED: 02/10/16 at 6:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dennis Ray Bidlack, 70, of Van Wert, died Wednesday morning, February 10, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born April 9, 1945, in Washington Township, Paulding County, the son of R. Paul and Shirley (Thrasher) Bidlack, who both survive in Grover Hill. On December 5, 1964, in Wesley United Methodist Church in Van Wert, he married the former Cheryl Agler, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include two sons, Broc (Carla) Bidlack of Dalton and Brian (Terrie) Bidlack of Delphos; seven grandchildren; a brother, Rudy (Ellen) Bidlack of Scott; and three sisters, Connie (Tom) Baldwin of New Haven, Indiana, Paulette (Richard) Stemen of Payne, and Pat Bidlack of Grover Hill.

A brother, Jeff C. Bidlack, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 13, at Grace Bible Church, with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Creek Cemetery near Grover Hill.

Calling hours are from 2-7 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Grace Bible Church, Gideons International, or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

POSTED: 02/10/16 at 6:03 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ray B. Davis, 88, of Van Wert, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at his residence.

He was born January 9, 1928, in Van Wert County, the son of Pryse and Georgia (Ashenfelter) Davis, who both preceded him in death. On March 11, 1983, he married Shirley A. Davis, who died April 27, 2010.

Survivors include a son, Mike (Janelle) Davis of Decatur, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Sandy Eversole of Van Wert and Cindy Wamsley of Colorado Springs, Colorado; a daughter-in-law, Rose Davis of Decatur; two brothers, Wilfred (Berniece) Davis of Van Wert and Don (Mary) Davis of Dayton; 8 grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; many stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Two children, Randy Davis and Sandra Kay Little; three stepchildren, Rick Jenkins, Chris Spoor, and Greg Jenkins; a sister, Jean Evans; and three stepgrandchildren, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 13, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals-Hospice and Visiting Nurses Program.

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

POSTED: 02/10/16 at 4:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Nellie M. Hoghe, 98, of Van Wert, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

She was born February 16, 1917, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Dennis and Macy (Balliet) Balyeat, who both preceded her in death. On February 3, 1979, she married Ivan N. Hoghe, who died August 26, 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 11, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Hal Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Harrison Baptist Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Calling hours are from 9-10 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 02/09/16 at 5:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

J. Nickolas “Nick” Detwiler, 46, of Ohio City, died at 10 a.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at his residence.

He was born September 11, 1969, in Van Wert, the son of Joseph N. Detwiler Sr. and Dixie (Rise) Detwiler, who both preceded him in death. He married Angela (High) Detwiler, who survives in Ohio City.

Other survivors include a brother, Norm (Pam) Detwiler of Van Wert; two sisters, Joyce (Dennis) Thatcher and Johnna (Greg) Roberts, both of Van Wert; and a grandchild.

A brother, Jeffrey N. Detwiler, also preceded him in death.

There will be no funeral service.

Calling hours are from 1-5 p.m. Friday, February 12, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Friends are invited to join the family following calling hours on Friday for food and fellowship at Ohio City Church of God, 204 E. Carmean St.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

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

POSTED: 02/09/16 at 5:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rosemary Schroeder died at 12:15 p.m. Monday, February 8, 2016, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

Rosemary Schroeder

Rosemary Schroeder

She was born February 19, 1924, in Millhousen, Indiana, the daughter of Bernard and Clara (Hardebeck) Blankman, who both preceded her in death. On June 19, 1951, she married William C. “Bill” Schroeder, who died November 15, 2007.

Rosemary was a devout Catholic, a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, and a member of the Altar Rosary Society, a lector for years, and a volunteer choir member for funeral masses.

Rosemary taught high school for 35 years, beginning at Willshire High School and the last 28 years at Lincolnview High School. After retiring in 1991, she subbed for 14 years in Van Wert County schools.

Rosemary attended Ball State University and helped with the World War II effort in LaPorte, Indiana, as a secretary. She later returned to Ball State and graduated in 1947.

She is survived by three children, Marybeth (Victor) Siemens of Fort Wayne, Indiana, James (Sylvia) Schroeder of Bloomington, Indiana, and Kathleen (Glenn) Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Waechter; and one brother, James Blankman. She is also survived by her caregiver, Kendra German, and her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 11, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, with Father Stan Szybka officiating. Burial will follow in Concordia Gardens Memorial Park in Fort Wayne.

Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, followed by a Rosary service that evening.

Preferred memorials: St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and its school.

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

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 10:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Velma Louise Schumm, 101, died Saturday, February 6, 2016, at The Laurels of Shane Hill near Rockford.

She was born June 18, 1914, near Rockford, the daughter of Phillip F.M. and Leona B. (Schumm) Schumm, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include a sister, Emma S. Boerger of Decatur, Indiana; eight nephews and nieces; and numerous grand- and great-grand nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Marie M. Fuelling and Anna K. Bischoff, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, February 11, at Zion Lutheran Church near Willshire, with Pastor Jeffery Patterson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the funeral service.

Calling hours are from 2-4 and 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford and an hour prior to services Thursday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Zion Lutheran Church or Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

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

POSTED: 02/08/16 at 10:19 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries