Obituaries can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Janet Ann Harmon, 68, of Van Wert, died at 8:52 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne.
She was born December 6, 1946, in Van Wert, the daughter of Bertis William and Doris Marie (Prichard) Harmon, who both preceded her in death.
Survivors include a sister, Sue Barna of Rockford; and one brother, Terry L. (Brenda) Harmon of Van Wert.
Two brothers, Gary Lynn Harmon and Larry D. Harmon, preceded her in death.
Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements are handled by Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Robert O. Lybarger, 85, of Van Wert, died at 4:20 p.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as a result of injuries suffered in an accident.
He was born October 2, 1929, in Van Wert, the son of Albert and Agnes (Bigelow) Lybarger, who both preceded him in death. On July 25, 1959, he married Martha Jean (Zinn) Lybarger, who died August 27, 2003.
Survivors include four children, Suzanne (Joe) Wegmiller of Statesville, North Carolina, Nancy (Don) Fiegel of New Knoxville, Tom (Wendy) Lybarger of Athens and Larry (Deana) Lybarger of Cocoa Beach, Florida; seven grandchildren, Emma Wegmiller, Marlee Wegmiller, Zaine (Laura) Fiegel, Riese Fiegel, Frank (Jessica) Hathaway, Pam Lybarger and Brad (Kori) Lybarger; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Carla Miller of Van Wert and Shirley Thompson of Ansonia.
A brother, Gordon Lybarger, also preceded him in death.
Bob was a retired educator, having begun his career as an industrial arts teacher at Ottawa, then served as superintendent of the former Ohio City-Liberty School District. He joined the Van Wert City School District as principal at what was then Jefferson Elementary School and Pleasant Elementary School.
He was a graduate of the former Union High School, then earned his undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University, and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.
He was an active member for 60-plus years of Pleasant Chapel United Methodist Church in Van Wert County and was very active in the Van Wert County Council on Aging and Van Wert County Historical Society. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert.
He also drove for the American Red Cross and was an avid Detroit Tigers and OSU football fan, in addition to liking all sporting events.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Brickner Funeral Home, with the Rev. Ron Lumm officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors rendered by combined units of Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 of Van Wert.
Calling hours are from 2-6 p.m. Friday, May 22, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials: Van Wert Senior Citizen Center (Council on Aging), Van Wert County Historical Society or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Muriel H. Hagerty, 89, of Van Wert and formerly of Long Island, New York, died at 7:54 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born October 5, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Harold Weir and Genevieve (Koschull) Weir Budde, who both preceded her in death. She married Timothy Hagerty, who survives in Van Wert.
Other survivors include a niece and four nephews.
Two brothers, Robert Weir and Gerald F. “Jerry” Weir, also preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.
Calling hours are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials: 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.
Edith M. Campton 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 also preceded her in death. On August 2, 1990, she married Marvin Meier.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Ann (Lorne) Gale of Tucson, Arizona; two grandchildren; three great-grandsons; eight stepgrandchildren; 21 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 19 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
Nine brothers and sisters preceded her in death.
Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with the Rev. Scott Campbell officiating.
There will be no calling hours.
Preferred memorials: American Heart Association.
Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.
Ella Mae Weaver, 92, of Willshire, and formerly of Berkwick, Pennsylvania, died at 11:38 p.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
She was born January 16, 1923, in Berwick, the daughter of Elias C. and Jenny (Davis) Weaver, who both preceded her in death.
Private funeral services will be conducted in Berwick at the convenience of the family.
Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford is handling arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com.
Sylvia Ruth Stetler, 89, of Van Wert, went to be with her Lord at 2:50 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.
She was born January 24, 1926, in Union Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Charley Franklin and Alma Ilo (Good) Albright, who both preceded her in death. On October 18, 1958, she married Denton Ralph Stetler, who died March 9, 2002. Three brothers, Charles W. Gale M. and Carl E. Albright, also preceded her in death.
Sylvia had worked in the office of Van Wert Manufacturing Company and the Brumback Library in Van Wert. She was a member of Calvary Evangelical Church and Jubilee Sunday School Class, of which she was president from 1986-2002. She also sang in the church choir for over 50 years and was president of the Martha Circle from 1997-2004.
She was a 1944 graduate of Van Wert High School and attended Taylor University. She was the first chairwoman of the Christian Business & Professional Women’s Club. She greatly enjoyed nature, especially bird watching. She and Denton also spent many happy times traveling the United States.
She is survived by several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Adam Borsay officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, at the funeral home.
Preferred memorials: Calvary Evangelical Church.
Cheryl Kay Miller, 62, of Van Wert, died at 10:37 a.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at her residence.
She was born September 2, 1952, in Columbus, the daughter of Barbara (McPherson) Army Steptoe, who survives in Ohio City, and Bernard Walter Army Jr., who preceded her in death. She married Dr. Dennis J. Miller, who survives in Van Wert.
Cheryl was a school counselor at Edon Northwest Schools, retiring in 2013. She had also taught Occupational Work Experience at Vantage Career Center in Van Wert. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert.
She was a 1970 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School, a 1974 graduate of Ohio State University and received her master’s degree from the University of Dayton. She was a member of Isaac Van Wart Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
In addition to her mother and husband, survivors include two sons, Matthew J. (Stacie) Miller of Columbus and Jason M. (Karrie) Miller of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Megan E. Miller of Washington, D.C.; two brothers, Bernard Bruce Army of Cave Creek, Arizona, and Clark Lynn (Pat) Army of Venedocia; two sisters, Mickey J. McConahay of Ohio City and Sandra Kennedy of Lima; and two grandchildren, Lucus R. and Victoria B. Miller.
A half-brother, Michael W. Army, also preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 22, at First United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Gus Christo-Baker and Paul W. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.
Calling hours are from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert.
Preferred memorials: Van Wert Humane Shelter or the American Cancer Society.
Dorothy M. “Susie” Stripe passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.
Susie was born January 26, 1960, in Lima. She was 55 years old. She began her family on January 28, 1979, when she married Jeffery J. Stripe, who survives her.
They had three children, Jeremy J. Stripe of Defiance, Angela M. Stripe of Van Wert and Ashley B. (Joshua Ricker) Stripe of Van Wert, all of whom survive.
Susie was also survived by her siblings, Madelaine (Jay) Pearson, Jeanne (Jet) Stoller, Charles Bowen, Mary (Dick) March and Yvonne (Dan) Smith.
Susie was a graduate of Lincolnview High School and resided in Van Wert her entire life. Susie was a great daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many. Susie was able to enjoy the birth of her first grandchild, Lillith Ricker, in July 2014. Lillith also survives her.
She was the youngest of nine children. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Dorothy Bowen; a sister, Shirley Bowen; two brothers, Lewis Bowen (Sally Bowen, widow) and Lloyd Bowen (Rita Nye, widow), and her father-in-law, Franklin Stripe.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 20, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert.
Calling hours are from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Preferred memorials: Jeffrey Stripe, 808 Cable St. in Van Wert.
Correen C. Merschman, 83, of Lima, died Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.
She was born December 13, 1931, in Landeck, the daughter of Alphonse and Bernadine (Brockhaus) Wieging, who both preceded her in death. She married Aloysius Merschman, who died in 2000.
Survivors include a son, Kevin (Tammy) Wieging of Powell; one brother, George (Nancy) Wieging of Hume; three grandchildren; and five stepgrandchildren.
Three sisters, Lucille Merschman, Maryann Hohlbein and Eileen Develbiss, also preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, May 22, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father Ron Schock officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Fort Jennings.
Calling hours are from 2-8 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening.
Preferred memorials: American Heart Association or American Diabetes Association.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.
Maurice C. Marlatt, 81, died at 12:05 a.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Van Wert Manor nursing home.
He was born September 21, 1933, in Van Wert, the son of Marie M. King, who preceded him in death.
Mr. Marlatt spent most of his life in Van Wert, but in recent years had lived in Delphos. He was a graduate of Van Wert High School. He was also a longtime friend and buddy to the former Van Wert Chrysler plant employees.
His stepfather, Kenneth E. “Ed” King, also preceded him in death.
There will be no funeral services.
Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will take place at a later date in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.