The Van Wert County Courthouse

Friday, Feb. 22, 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

David Allen Scott, 66, died at 3:59 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  

David Allen Scott

He was born February 10, 1952, in Van Wert, the son of Robert Scott, who preceded him in death, and Emma Lee (Martin) Scott, who survives in Van Wert.

Other survivors include his sister, Ruth Ann Scott of Van Wert; three brothers, Michael Scott of Van Wert, Jay B. Scott of Seattle, Washington, and John Scott of Cypress, California; two nephews, Jordon and Jared of Cypress; and a niece, Kayla (John) Harvey of Edgerton.

David was a 1970 graduate of Van Wert High School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany. After his discharge from the Army, he became an independent over-the-road semi-truck driver, followed by several years serving as an instructor teaching new semi drivers how to properly drive a truck. This was followed by a stint as the manager of a truck driving school in Detroit, Michigan, from which he retired in 2014.

David loved sports and was an avid golfer and fisherman.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 26, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, where military honors will be rendered by combined units of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803 and American Legion Post 178, both of Van Wert.  

POSTED: 02/19/19 at 2:39 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dr. Charles D. Weaver, 86, of Decatur, Indiana, and formerly of Paulding and Pinehurst, North Carolina, died at 6 a.m. Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born August 31, 1932, in Mendon, the son of the Rev. Peter B. and Elsie M. (Gerhart) Weaver, who both preceded him in death. On March 27, 1955, he married the former Martha E. Baxter, who survives.

Other survivors include three daughters, Loralee (Steven) Lichtensteiger of Convoy, Julia (Kerry) Callow of Ohio City, and Kimberly (Jeffrey) Snyder of Vacaville, California; two brothers, Larry (Brenda) Weaver of Cincinnati and Paul (Diane) Weaver of Wapakoneta; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A grandson, Jacob Dean Lichtensteiger, and a sister, Mary Ann Spenny, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 24, at Pleasant View Church, 12008 Ohio 49, Ohio City, with Pastors Jeff Millay and Pat Harris officiating. 

Preferred memorials: Christian Aid Mission or to the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center, c/o Community Health Professionals, 1159 Westwood Drive, Van Wert, OH 45891.

POSTED: 02/18/19 at 10:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Antonio “Tony” Benavidez, 79, of Union City, and formerly of Van Wert, passed away at 2:51 a.m. Sunday, February, 17, 2019, at Lutheran Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Antonio “Tony” Benavidez

He was born January 15, 1940, in Nixon, Texas, the son of Ramon and Herlinda (Trigo) Benavidez, who both preceded him in death. After graduating high school, Tony served in the United States Air Force, during which time he married the love of his life, the former Oralia Garza, on June 29, 1963. 

Together, they came to Van Wert in 1965 where Tony began working at Kennedy Manufacturing Company. From there, he moved on to work for B. F. Goodrich in Woodburn, Indiana. He also owned and operated the Union City Country Club for 40 years, spending much of his time there.

In his younger days, Tony was athletic and played football, basketball, and several other sports. As he grew older, he turned to bowling, playing cards, and golf.

Tony was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Union City, and American Legion Post 178, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, Elks Lodge 1197, Moose Lodge 1320 and the Knights of Columbus council, all in Van Wert.

Survivors include his sons, Joseph Benavidez of Lima, Carlos Benavidez of Union City, and Ramon Randall Benavidez of Greenville; two brothers, Ramon (Elsa) Benavidez of Van Wert and Tim (Amy) Trigo of Monroe, Indiana; three sisters, Lupe (Armando) Aguire, Rosa (Jerry) Miricle, and Catherine (Larry) Green, all of Van Wert; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Xavier “Seve”, and Tiffany; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

His wife, Ora; two children, Laura and Ramon; and a sister, Alcaria Gutierrez, also preceded him in death. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 23, at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Van Wert, with Father Stan Szybka and Deacon Elias Pina co-celebrants. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert, with graveside military honors rendered by combined units of Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 5803.

Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, February 22, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home in Van Wert, with a “Time of Remembrance” at 7 p.m. led by the Rev. David Ray. 

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/18/19 at 5:11 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Brandy S. (Hartman) Burton, 41, of Van Wert, passed away the evening of Saturday, February 16, 2019, at the Van Wert Health Emergency Room. 

Brandy S. (Hartman) Burton

She was born March 19, 1977, in Van Wert, the daughter of Randy Hartman and Pamela Sue (Custer) Waltmire.

A 1996 graduate of Van Wert High School, Brandy enjoyed playing Bingo and going camping. She also loved going to thoroughbred horse races. 

Most recently, Brandy worked as a Pink Zebra consultant. She was a wonderful mother, daughter, and granddaughter who adored her son, Hunter, and dog, Harley.   

She is survived by her loving son, Hunter Burton of Van Wert; her mother, Pam Waltmire of Van Wert; her father and stepmother, Randy (Brenda) Hartman of Van Wert; her maternal grandmother, Joan Custer of Van Wert; three stepbrothers, Mark Pate of Grover Hill, Randy (Sherry) Waltmire of Coldwater, and Troy Waldron of Van Wert; a stepsister, Judy Waldron of Van Wert; three uncles, Charles Custer, Gordy (Malynda) Custer, and Kip Hartman, all of Van Wert; two aunts, Vicki (Scott) Vonderembse of Fort Jennings and Kathy (Gene) Eash of Wisconsin; as well as many cousins.

She was preceded in death by her infant son, Fisher Burton; her stepfather, Robert Waltmire; her maternal grandfather, Allen “Whitey” Custer; her paternal grandparents, Charles and Alberta Hartman; and a stepbrother, Robert Waltmire Jr.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert County Humane Society.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 02/18/19 at 2:38 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mary M. Myers, 99, of Middle Point, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at Van Wert Health.  

She was born July 15, 1919, the daughter of John and Frances (Sendelbach) Volk, who preceded her in death. On June 27, 1937, she was united in marriage to Harold S. Myers, who also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Gary (Judy) Myers of Middle Point; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

A daughter, Deanna Myers; one sister, Bernie Pohlman; two brothers, Lawrence and Howard Volk; and her life-long friend and companion, John Yakos, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery in Delphos.

Visitation is from noon-3 p.m. that same day.  

Preferred memorials: Vancrest of Van Wert Activity Fund or American Legion Post 178 in Van Wert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/18/19 at 2:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Mary Evelyn (Burnett) Miller, 65, of Van Wert, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019. 

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POSTED: 02/18/19 at 1:20 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

James W. Smith, 90, of Van Wert, died at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday February 13, 2019, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

He was born July 1, 1928, in Huntington County, Indiana, the son of Charles and Ethel (Settlemyre) Smith, who both preceded him in death. On September 24, 1949, he married the former Geraldine Louise Drabenstot, who died January 5, 2017.  

Survivors include three children, Charles J. (Brenda) Smith of Rockford, and Harold L. (Carol) Smith and Susan (Ray) Hill, both of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

Two sisters, Eileen Bunker and Lois Buzzard, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, February 18, at First Church of God in Van Wert, with Pastors Ray Hill, Ben Brigham, and Stan Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Glenwood Cemetery in Roanoke, Indiana.  

Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, February 17, and an hour prior to services Monday, all at the church.

Preferred memorials: First Church of God or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Cowan and Son Funeral Home in Van Wert is handling the arrangements. 

POSTED: 02/14/19 at 10:24 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Kenneth “Kenny” Reynolds, 72, of Delphos, died Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center. 

He was born July 10, 1946, at home in Spencerville, the son of Orville and Mabel (Louth) Reynolds, who both preceded him in death. In 1989, he married the former Catherine Ellerbrock, and she survives in Delphos.

Other survivors include five children, Kevin Reynolds of Lima, Rick (Nikki) Reynolds of West Virginia, Cheryl (Jim) Altenbach of Lima, David (Jaime) Ellerbrock of Findlay, and Caitlin (Michael) Embree of Delphos; three brothers, Joe (Imagene) Reynolds, Roger (Frannie) Reynolds, and Nick (Carol) Reynolds, all of Delphos; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. 

A daughter, Kristie Reynolds; and four brothers, Nelson, Rex, David, and Jack Reynolds, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 17, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with the Rev. Rich Rakay officiating. 

Visitation is from 2 p.m. until the time of services Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.harterandschier.com.

POSTED: 02/14/19 at 10:23 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ethel E. Rollins, 73, died at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at her residence in rural Liberty Township.

She was born October 11, 1945, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Eugene Fields and Mary F. (Summers) Shindeldecker, who both preceded her in death. On April 2, 1966, she married John Kenneth Rollins, who survives at the residence.  

Other survivors include two sons, Jon E. (Karen A.) Rollins of Willshire and Jason (Deb) Rollins of Rockford; a daughter, Jenny (Todd) Lauer of Prospect; seven grandchildren; a great-grandson; two sisters, Ilo Mercer of Convoy and Evelyn (William) Barnhart of Van Wert; and two stepsisters, Betty Jean Flory and Joanna (Tom) Carson.

Three brothers, Robert H. “Bob” Shindeldecker, Carol W. Shindeldecker, and Walter Shindeldecker; a sister, Janice Enyart; and three stepsisters, Peggy, Jean, and Jeanette, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 18, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Kevin Wilcox officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.  

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, February 17, at the funeral home.  

Preferred memorials: Community Health Professionals Visiting Nurses or the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

POSTED: 02/13/19 at 9:37 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Louise Wallick Dull, 95, of Van Wert, died at 11:52 a.m. Monday February 11, 2019, Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

She was born January 17, 1924, in Kokomo, Indiana, the daughter of Ethel Franklin and Anna Mae (Rodgers) Doan, who both preceded her in death. She was married to Clarence Robert Wallick, who died May 251, 1965.  On July 20, 1966, she married Robert Lloyd Dull, who also preceded her in death on February 13, 2001.

Survivors include three sons, Donald (Camille Knight) Wallick of Westerville, Michael (Beth) Wallick of Aikens, South Carolina, and James R. (Pam) Wallick of Ottoville; a stepson, Larry E. (Polly) Dull of Greenfield, Indiana; two stepdaughters, Betty J. Johnson and Donna M. Duncan, both of Van Wert; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; and 19 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Four brothers, Elmer Doan, David Wesley Doan, Charles Delano Doan, and Frankin Howard Doan; four sisters, Jessie Hickernell, Edna Muriel Hodge, Phyllis Rae Schreiber Balliet, and Margaret Simmons; and a stepgrandson, also preceded her in death. 

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor David Prior officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.  

Visitation is from 4-8 p.m. Friday, February 15, and an hour prior to services Saturday, all at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 02/13/19 at 9:35 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries