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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Saturday, May. 28, 2016

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

Kevin Thitoff, 55, of Delphos, passed away form a very aggressive form of pneumonia on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

He was born April 28, 1961, to Charles “Dick” Thitoff, who survives in Delphos, and Linda (Barnes) Thitoff, who preceded him in death on November 18, 1994.

Other survivors include his stepmother, Geralene (Claypool) Thitoff of Delphos; two brothers, Jeff (Lanette) Thitoff and Marvin (Kathleen) Thitoff, both of Delphos; a sister, Brenda (Larry R. Brown) Thitoff of Delphos; five nieces and nephews; and his paternal grandmother, Mary Thitoff.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Pastor Rich Rakay officiating. Burial will be at a later date.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Relay for Life or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 05/27/16 at 11:47 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Deborah Renner, 62, of Lima, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2016, at her residence.

She was born January 13, 1954, in Lima, the daughter of Wesley Lloyd and Verna Wise, who both preceded her in death. On July 19, 2015, she married John Goodwin, who survives in Lima.

Other survivors include two sons, Joe (Julie) Renner and Ryan (Tracye) Renner, both of Cincinnati; a sister, Robbin (Charles) Schmersal of Ottawa; one brother, Scott (Deb) Lloyd of Harrod; three grandchildren; and an aunt, Eva Kinstle of Ames, Iowa.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will follow in Gomer Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Friday, May 27, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Lima Humane Society.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 05/27/16 at 12:51 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rick A. Snyder, 48, entered into his heavenly rest Tuesday, May 24, 2016, after a valiant battle with a long-term illness. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggle and inspired others.

Rick A. Snyder

Rick A. Snyder

Rick was born August 31, 1967, in Van Wert, to Sally (DeMoss) Snyder, a homemaker, and the late Frank Snyder, a local farmer and businessman. He was raised in the Christian faith that would be his lifelong support from an early age. He graduated from Lincolnview High School in 1985 and began a farming career in Van Wert County. Rick began his love of farming at a young age, and he enjoyed participating in plowing competitions and coaching high school boys’ and girls’ basketball at Lincolnview Local Schools and Elida High School over the years.

Rick was blessed with a large and loving family. He married his high school sweetheart, Kimberly McClure, on December 9, 1989, in Van Wert. Rick helped raised his four children with patience, discipline, and humility. He took them to church faithfully and loved camping with his family at Crooked Lake in Angola, Indiana, each summer.

Rick was a man of great courage who battled a brain tumor for over 15 years. He persevered through many physical difficulties, including a stroke in 2014. Despite these challenges, he continued to farm and provide for his family. A hero to his friends and family, he is dearly missed by his loved ones, who celebrate the fact that he is at home with his Creator.

Rick is survived by his wife, Kimberly; his daughters, Elizabeth (Derek) Mayer of Lima, and Michaela and Olivia Snyder; his son, Jack Snyder; his mother, Sally Snyder; and his sisters, Beth (David) Evans, Amber (Greg) Rickard, and Leigh (Randy) Carey, all of Van Wert. He will also be missed by his 21 nieces and nephews, and 10 great-nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, others who preceded him in death include his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Ruth Snyder; and maternal grandparents, Darrell and Mable DeMoss.

A memorial service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, with Pastor John Heyward officiating. A luncheon will follow the services at Grace Community Church, 4359 Allentown Road in Elida.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 27, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions can be given to the Snyder family to defray medical expenses incurred in Rick’s treatment.

Prayers, condolences, and memories are gladly accepted at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/25/16 at 8:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

D. Philip Jones, 74, of Venedocia, passed away at 5:38 p.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert.

D. Philip Jones

D. Philip Jones

He was born March 2, 1942, in Lima, the son of J. Paul and Alice (Siegel) Jones, who both preceded him in death. On June 24, 1967, he married Donna Jean (McKinney) Jones, who survives in Venedocia.

Other survivors include two daughters, Angela (John) Beardsley of Bowling Green and Cheryl (Keith) Mongold of Van Wert; a brother, Thomas (LaVon) Jones of Venedocia; and four grandchildren, Jay Beardsley, Logan Beardsley, Kylee Mongold, and Evan Mongold.

Philip was a retired self-employed truck driver, roofing and spouting contractor, and farmer. He was a member of Ohio City Community Church of God and a graduate and senior class president at the former York High School in the Class of 1960 — the last class to graduate from that school. He also enjoyed antique tractors.

Funeral services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Randy Bevington officiating.

Visitation is from 1-5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/25/16 at 6:33 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Frank R. Schoonover Jr., 81, of Van Wert, passed away at 9:55 p.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Frank R. Schoonover Jr.

Frank R. Schoonover Jr.

He was born November 30, 1934, in Van Wert, the son of Frank R. Schoonover Sr. and Emma (Taylor) Schoonover-Tyler, who both preceded him in death. He first married Shelva (Brabant) Schoonover, who preceded him in death in 2003. He then married Lois (Case) Schoonover, who survives in Van Wert.

American Flag for obituaries 6-2011Other survivors include four children, Melody (Frank) Thompson of Columbia City, Indiana, Julie (Mick) McMillen of Van Wert County, Mike (Amy) Schoonover of California, and Shawn (Mike) Fickert of Van Wert County; five stepchildren, Harry, Kelly, and Carl Jones, Vicki McClellan, and Patti Roberts; two brothers, Larry (Bev) Schoonover of Van Wert and Tom (Mary) Tyler of Pennsylvania; two sisters, Carolyn (Steve) Murphy of Texas and Emma (Wade) Raines of Van Wert; a sister-in-law, Penny Tyler of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A brother, Butch Tyler; and one sister, Gloria Felger, also preceded him in death.

Frank worked for many years at Kennedy Manufacturing Company in Van Wert before retiring from International Harvester after 30 years of service. He attended North Union United Methodist Church in rural Van Wert County, and a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the 11th Airborne.

Frank was instrumental in forming Haviland Little League Baseball, where he also coached for many years. He often attended Cincinnati Reds baseball games and was an avid Cleveland Browns fan. Frank enjoyed mowing lawns and did so at Blue Creek Cemetery. He also loved bird watching.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with Pastor Greg Wack and Mike Schoonover officiating. Burial will be in Blue Creek Cemetery in rural Paulding County, with military honors rendered by units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both in Van Wert.

Calling hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 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.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/24/16 at 11:26 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Tina M. Warren, 52, of Van Wert, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2016, at her residence.

Tina M. Warren

Tina M. Warren

She was born June 10, 1963, in Van Wert, the daughter of John and Carmen (Lippi) Michael, who both survive in Convoy. She married Terry G. Warren Sr., who survives in Van Wert.

Also surviving are her maternal grandmother, Lois Lippi of Convoy; four children, Forrest (Charity Smith) Houseworth III, Terry G. Warren Jr., and Lacey N. Warren, all of Van Wert, and Elise A. Warren of Cleveland; two brothers, Christopher (Phyllis) Michael and Douglas (LeeAnn) Michael, both of Convoy; a sister, Tamela (Douglas) Brown of Van Wert; five grandchildren, Zander, Hayden, Rayven, Gavin, and Paige; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

A grandchild, Trinity, preceded her in death.

Tina formerly worked at Cooper Foods Pressed Meats in Van Wert.

Private family services will be conducted.

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorial: Donor’s choice.

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert handled arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/24/16 at 11:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

A memorial service for Beatrice O. (Myers) Haines will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at First Baptist Church in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steve A. Robinson officiating.

Mrs. Haines died on March 13, 2016, and was interred at Mount Tabor Cemetery near Pleasant Mills, Indiana.

POSTED: 05/24/16 at 11:20 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Rose Josephine Sever, 92, of Delphos, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Delphos.

She was born February 7, 1924, in Fort Jennings, the daughter of Anthony and Catherine (Metzger) Suever, who both preceded her in death. On October 5, 1946, she married Paul Sever, who died May 6, 2013.

Survivors include a son, Dan “Fuzzy” (Sue) Sever of Delphos; three daughters, Pamela Sever, Rebecca (Joe) Saum, and Denise (Butch) Conley, all of Delphos; one brother, Ralph (Nova) Suever of Elida; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two sisters-in-law, Emmie Suever of Fort Jennings and Joan Suever of Landeck.

A sister, Ruth Norbeck; four brothers, Albert, Wilford, Richard, and Melvin Suever; two sisters-in-law, Jeannine Suever and JoAnn Suever; and a brother-in-law, Ben Norbeck, also preceded her in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 that evening.

Preferred memorials: Delphos Kiwanis Club activities or Delphos Vancrest Health Center Activity Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 05/20/16 at 6:42 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Beulah “Bubba” Schabbing, 50, of Delphos, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born December 30, 1965, in Van Wert, the daughter of George and Nellie (Dempsey) Schabbing, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include a daughter, Aleigha Schabbing; two brothers, George “Butch” (Peggy) Schabbing of Grover Hill and Doug Schabbing of Delphos; four sisters, Brenda Neil, Paula Brown, and Vera (Don Snyder) Schabbing, all of Delphos, and her twin, Esther (Larry) Wilson of New Philadelphia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will be held at a later date.

Visitation is from 2-8 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and an hour prior to services Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 05/20/16 at 6:42 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Virginia (Girod) Baker, 92, of Van Wert, passed away at 5:40 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Virginia (Girod) Baker

Virginia (Girod) Baker

She was born January 11, 1924, in Paulding County, the daughter of Edgar and Ruth (Mohr) Girod, who both preceded her in death. On March 24, 1945, she married Harold V. Baker, who died June 20, 1993.

Survivors include a son-in-law, Charles “Steve” Taylor of Van Wert; two brothers, David (Ruth) Girod of Van Wert and Donald Girod of Jonesboro, Georgia; a sister, Wileta (Fred) Collins of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Donny Taylor, Jody (Tami) Taylor, and Chuck (Michelle) Taylor; and six great-grandchildren, Danielle, Hannah, Tristan, Logan, Zannah, and Charlee.

Two daughters, Janet L. Baker and Janice E. Taylor; two brothers, Wayne Girod and Lloyd Darwin “Doc” Girod; and a sister, Helen Mongold, also preceded her in death.

Virginia was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Van Wert.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert, with the Rev. Steve Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery in rural Van Wert County.

Visitation is from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, May 23, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: First Baptist Church Missions Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/19/16 at 12:09 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries