The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of January 1, 2019, full obituaries will cost $50 (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 546, 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

Terry L. Adams, age 74, of Middle Point, passed away at 10 p.m. Tuesday November 12, 2019, at his home, following an extended illness.  

Terry L. Adams

Terry was the owner of Quality Painting and Roofing, retiring in 2007, and he was a life member of the American Legion.  Terry was a graduate of Lincolnville High School and attended Ohio State University for three years.

Terry was born January 22, 1945, in Van Wert, the son of Zelma (Walters) and Glenwood Adams, who both preceded him in death.  

He is survived by his son, Chad (Amy) Adams of Van Wert; a brother, Phillip (Jane) Adams of Sylvania; three grandchildren, Kyley (Tanner) Laemmle, MacKenzie Adams, and Gavin Gardner all of Van Wert; and four great-grandchildren.

There will be no public visitation or services.

Arrangements by Church Funerals Direct.

Preferred memorials: Amvets Post 698, 102 Adams St., Middle Point, OH 45863

POSTED: 11/14/19 at 8:50 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Betty Jane Rhodes, 90, of Van Wert, died at 5:04 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at her residence.  

Betty Jane Rhodes

She was born September 30, 1929, in York Township, Van Wert County, the daughter of Marion H. and Mildred (Williams) Reidenbach, who both preceded her in death. Her husband, Bob Rhodes, preceded her in death on December 2, 2008.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Brenda) Rhodes of Marysville, Roger (Teresa) Rhodes of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Randy Rhodes of Van Wert, and Ronda (Dana) Pollock of Van Wert; 11 grandchildren, Bethany Rhodes, Holly Rhodes, Jeffery Rhodes, Tina Rhodes, Heather Rhodes, Sarah Vargas, Gabriel Rhodes, Stacie Rhodes, Shellie Ralston, Kyle Pollock, and Kierstin Ruffner; and nine great-grandchildren, Baylee Myers, Sam Rhodes, Jessie Gonzales, Juliet Vargas, Jeshua Vargas, Logan Pollock, Jason Pollock, Chloe Schrader, and Scott Schrader.

A brother John Reidenbach, and one sister, Margaret Bartal, also preceded her in death. 

Betty was a lifelong member of the former Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Point and a retired employee of the former Aeroquip Corporation in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 15, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.  

Visitation is from 3-7 p.m. Thursday November, 14, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Save-A-Warrior Fund, Salvation Army, or Wounded Warriors.

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

POSTED: 11/12/19 at 6:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Barbara Ann Fulk, 56, of Van Wert died at 3:31 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at her residence. 

Barbara Ann Fulk

She was born May 10, 1963, a daughter of Harold and Jeanette (Burris) Waltmire. Her father is deceased and her mother survives. She married Michael L. Fulk on May 15, 1989, and he survives.

Also surviving are three stepchildren, Jenny Lou Rosalez, Jonathon M. Fulk, and Janelle M. Banister; and seven grandchildren. She is also survived by five brothers and sisters, Steve Waltmire, Myrna Marsee, Deb Webster, Rick Waltmire, and Bruce Waltmire. She will be especially missed by her two German shepherd dogs, Colt and Luna.

A brother, Donald (Salty) Waltmire, also preceded her in death.

She had worked for 10 years for Goodwill.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 14, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.  

Preferred memorials: Van Wert County Humane Society.

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

POSTED: 11/12/19 at 6:03 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Jean Ann Young, 89, of Van Wert, passed away at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Defiance Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born August 5, 1930, in Lima, the daughter of James and Matilda (Hiebert) Sampson, who both preceded her in death. 

Survivors include a daughter, Kathleen M. (Leonard) Roby of Ohio City; one son, Charlie (Wanda) Young of Ohio City; two brothers, Merle Sampson of North Carolina and Albert (Cathy) Sampson of Columbus; two sisters, Tillie Washburn of St. Marys and Shirley (Clay) Davis of Lima; five grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Seth Ezediel Miller; three brothers, Jim, Bernie, and George Sampson; a sister, Thelma Houser; and a son (in infancy), also preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 11/12/19 at 6:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Lowanda M. (Conley) Schulte, 90, of Van Wert, passed away at home on Friday, November 8, 2019.

She was born June 24, 1929, the daughter of Albert and Alma Conley, who both preceded her in death. She married Mathew B. Schulte, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include three sons, Paul (Teresa) Tobias, Bob (Linda) Tobias, and Steve Tobias/Jenny Tobias; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Seven siblings and a grandson also preceded her in death.

Private services will be held at a later date.

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

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com

POSTED: 11/12/19 at 6:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Misty Rae McLaughlin, 32, of Decatur, Indiana, and formerly of Van Wert, died at 12:10 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019, at Kindred Hospital in Lima.

She was born September 14, 1987, in Bellaire, the daughter of Leona (Howard) Nieter, who survives in Decatur.

Other survivors include a sister, Jessica Reynolds of Decatur; two brothers, Curtis Sempkowski of Van Wert and Cory Howard of Decatur; and her grandfather, John Howard Sr. of Van Wert.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, at First Presbyterian Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Harold Shafer officiating. 

Visitation is from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 11/12/19 at 1:31 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Pauline Marjorie McGarvey, 91, of Van Wert, passed away at 4:50 a.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Pauline Marjorie McGarvey

She was born September 23, 1928, in Van Wert, the daughter of Walter Edwin and Emma Marie (Kiehl) Schaadt, who both preceded her in death. She married Nolan McGarvey on July 3, 1948, in Terre Haute, Indiana, and he passed away December 25, 2006.

Survivors include two sons, Danny (Jane) McGarvey of Grover Hill and Jeff (Ellen) McGarvey of Delphos; a sister, Fern (Harold) Miller of Van Wert; one brother, Dale (Ruth) Schaadt of Van Wert; nine grandchildren, Travis (Stacy) McGarvey, Kim McGarvey, Brent (Chelsie) McGarvey, Allison (Andrew) Bittner, Jason (Jennifer) McGarvey, Julie (Lyn) Stewart, Melissa (Chad) Wallace, Dustin (Chris) Hammons, and Adrianna (Troy) Sherrick; 17 great-grandchildren, Cade and Blake McGarvey, Tyler and Kacey Stewart, Braden Hammons, Damien Jones, Braxton Sherrick, Brianna Wallace, Raegan, Ryleigh, and Boston McGarvey, Adelyn, Jacie and Carson Bittner; J.J. McGarvey, and Drew and Grace Custer; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A great-granddaughter, Bristol McGarvey; two sisters, Virginia L. LeValley and Lola Marie Woods; and three brothers, Romy, Ervin and Norman Schaadt, also preceded her in death.

Pauline was a 1947 graduate of Van Wert High School. She attended First Baptist Church in Van Wert. She had worked at Dr. Black’s dentist office and at the Sears catalog store.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 16, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with John Rager officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. 

Visitation is from 9-11 Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First Baptist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 11/11/19 at 7:08 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

David L. “Whiz” White, 73, of Willshire, died at 1:05 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, where he had been a patient battling a lengthy illness.  

He was born August 17, 1946, in Celina, the son of Harold and Dorothy (Zimmerman) White, who both preceded him in death. On May 16, 1970, he married the former Becky Suman, who survives.

Other survivors include two sons, Scott White of Monroeville, Indiana, and Travis White of Willshire; two sisters, Linda (Steve) Ford of Neptune and Karen (Ron) Heiser of Decatur, Indiana; two brothers, Robert White of Decatur, Indiana, and Ralph White of Willshire; and a brother-in-law, Roger Roth of Berne, Indiana.

A sister, Shirley Roth, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, November 14, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Brad Kittle, assisted by Steve Ford, officiating.  Burial will follow in Willshire Cemetery, with graveside military honors rendered by the Willshire American Legion post.  

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, and an hour prior to services Thursday at the funeral home.  

Preferred memorials: 49 Alive Club, D-6 Kids, or youth groups at Praise Point Church in Willshire.  

Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com

POSTED: 11/11/19 at 7:04 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Donald E. Balliet, 59, a lifelong resident of Ohio City, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 8, 2019, at the Van Wert Health Emergency Department. 

Donald E. Ballet

He was born August 30, 1960, in Van Wert, the son of Gerald Charles and Viola (Ramsey) Balliet, who both preceded him in death. 

He was a 1980 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School and was a long-time farmer. He was a dump truck driver for many years and currently was a new car driver for Kerns Auto Group.

Don was an avid horse lover and trainer, having trained horses for “Hee Haw” actor Roy Clark. He also enjoyed hunting, golfing, and shooting pool, as well as spending time with family. 

He is survived by his wife, Sue Boroff of Ohio City; a brother, Gerald C. “JR” Balliet Jr. of Convoy; two sisters, Mary (Wayne) Parker of Gilboa and Pam Strawser of Payne; and several nieces, nephews and many honorary grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Friday, November 15, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Randy Bevington officiating. 

Visitation is from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donald’s memory may be sent to the family for expenses. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 11/11/19 at 11:48 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Larry O. Howell, 80, of Rockford, passed away at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the Laurels of Shane Hill, where he had been a patient.   

He was born November 26, 1938, in Mercer County, the son of Russel G. and Clarabelle (Stover) Howell, who both preceded him in death. He was married to Ardith R. (Yoh) Howell, who died November 25, 2005. He later married Linda (Coil) Fisher, and she also preceded in death on May 22, 2019.  

Survivors include two children, Jeffery R. Howell of Rockford and Kimberly (Paul) Rapking of Cincinnati; two brothers, Joe Howell of Convoy and Tom (Eleanor) Howell of Perrysburg; one sister-in-law, Betty Howell of Wapakoneta; and many nieces and nephews.  

A brother, Ralph Howell, also preceded him in death.  

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Ken Meyer officiating. Private burial services will take place at a later date.  

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at http://ketchamripley.com

POSTED: 11/08/19 at 12:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries