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The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

Obituaries can be emailed to editor@thevwindependent.com or faxed to 419.238.2578. As of July 1, 2017, full obituaries will cost $40 (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.

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

Warren L. Reed, 88, of Convoy, passed away at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 3:39 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2017.

Warren was born May 31, 1929, in Wooster, the son of Lloyd and Anna (Fowler) Reed, who both preceded him in death. On March 29, 1953, he married the former Marilyn Ryan at Mentzer Methodist Church and she survives.

Warren L. Reed

He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, stationed at Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Other survivors include two daughters, Kathy (Rick) Geething of Orrville and Jill (Kevin) Pollock of Hilliard; two sons, John Reed of Austin, Texas, and Kent (Bernadette) Reed of Tallahassee, Florida.

He has six grandchildren, Nathan (Beth) Geething, Aaron Geething, Amanda (Aaron) Doerfler, Aubrey Turner, Danielle (Zachary) Olson, and Erik Reed; and four great-grandchildren, McKayla Geething, Reed Geething, Noah Olson, and Anthony Doerfler.

Warren was a member of Convoy United Methodist Church, where he held various offices, including Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent, lay leader, delegate to the United Methodist annual conference, chairman of the Council of Ministries, and chairman of the administrative board. He was a member of the Van Wert Camp of Gideons International, and served in various posts, including president, secretary, faith fund chairman, and was a Gideon speaker at numerous area churches. He also served on the Salvation Army Board and was a member of the Crestview Bible Board.

Warren retired in 2007 after being involved in agriculture education for 55 years. After graduation from the Ohio State University in 1951, he started his career in vocational agriculture at what was then Convoy High School (later named Convoy-Union, then Crestview High School). He retired in 1982, from Crestview High School after 32 years of service. At this time, he started a new career as farm business planning and analysis consultant at Vantage Career Center, where he worked with farm families throughout northwest Ohio and northeast Indiana. He owned and operated a small farm near Convoy, where he raised corn, soybeans, and wheat.

Warren served as vice president, then president in 1971, of the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association. He received the “State Outstanding Agriculture Teacher” Award in 1975 and the Ohio Vocational Association Outstanding Service Award in Agriculture in 1976. He received the Crestview Honorary Chapter Farmer degree, Vantage Honorary Chapter Farmer degree, Ohio Honorary State Farmer degree in 1971, and the Honorary American Farmer degree in 1980. In 2001, the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation awarded him the “Agriculture Educator Award” for his service to the agricultural industry. He was among the first class of inductees to the Crestview Educator Hall of Fame in 2013.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, at Convoy United Methodist Church, with Pastor Bill Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at IOOF Cemetery in Convoy, where military honors will be rendered by combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Visitation is from 1-8 p.m. Friday, December 15, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert and an hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

Preferred memorials: Gideons International or Convoy United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/12/17 at 5:40 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

William C. Bolenbaugh, 91, formerly of Liberty Township, passed away at 9:15 a.m. Monday, December 11, 2017, at Hearth & Home of Van Wert.

William C. Bolenbaugh

He was born August 17, 1926, in Liberty Township, the son of Andrew Jackson and Laura L. (Kreischer) Bolenbaugh, who both preceded him in death. On April 12, 1946, he married the former Marcile Marie Hoghe, who passed away May 24, 2017.

Survivors include five sons, Mark M. (Mary Ann) Bolenbaugh of Cheyenne, Wyoming, Ned E. (Nelda) Bolenbaugh of Little Suamico, Wisconsin, Neil R. (June) Bolenbaugh of Chagrin Falls, David L. (Barbara) Bolenbaugh of Ohio City, and James A. (Cindy Burns) Bolenbaugh of Lily, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Anita Copeland and Pearl Whitehead, both of Celina.

Five brothers, John, Allan, Roy, DeLoyd and Donald Bolenbaugh, and three sisters, Margaret Kiracofe, Ethel Hawk and Arlene Marsee, also preceded him in death.

Bill was a 1944 graduate of Ohio City-Liberty High School and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was postmaster at the Ohio City Post Office for 26 years and was a member of the Ohio City Community Church of God. He was also a member of Harvey Lewis Post 346 of the American Legion in Ohio City and Shanes Lodge 377, Free & Accepted Masons, in Rockford. Recently, he was an active member of the Hearth & Home community.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Randy Bevington officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, December 16, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City Community Church of God or the Ohio City Parks Department.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/11/17 at 11:02 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Edwin J. Pierce, 96, of Convoy, died Saturday evening, December 9, 2017, at the Laurels of Shane Hill in Rockford.

He was born February 6, 1921, in Monroeville, Indiana, the son of William M. and Nella (Parker) Pierce, who both preceded him in death. On June 12, 1944, he married Margaret E. Schwartz, who also preceded him in death.

Survivors include two children, Carolyn Sue (Max) Priddy of Van Wert and David J. (Karen) Pierce of Avon, Indiana; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; four stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a son in law, Mike (Marie) Sheets; and many nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Nancy Sheets; two grandchildren, Mary and Barry McHugh; and a sister, Wilma Agler, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 13, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, with military honors rendered by combined units of American Legion Post 178 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5803, both of Van Wert.

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Gideons International or Maplewood of Shane’s Village.

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

POSTED: 12/10/17 at 9:53 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Barbara L. Thompson, 81, of Van Wert, passed away at 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, in Fort Thomas, Kentucky.

Barbara L. Thompson

She was born August 15, 1936, in Middle Point, to Loren and Lucille (Friesner)

Tabler, who both preceded her in death. She was married to Charles (Chuck) Thompson in 1954, and he also preceded her in death. Together, they had six children.

She is survived by her brother, David L. Tabler of Baltimore, Maryland; her children, Chuck (Shari) Thompson of Fort Thomas, Lori Thompson of Columbus, Lizbeth (Mark)Good of Eliot, Maine, Mitchell Thompson of Van Wert, Laura (Scott) Schau of Crystal Lake, Illinois, and Christopher (Kim) Thompson of Hilliard; 17 grandchildren,  Chad (Lauren), Molly (Kyle), Carly (Ryan), Cameron, Jillian (Clay), Meghan (Kainoa), Scott, Thomas, Elizabeth, Victoria, Nick, Garrett, Maddison, Zachary, Jacob, Connor, and Joshua; and 19 great-grandchildren.

BarB was a graduate of Van Del High School, Class of 1954, and The Ohio State University, Class of 1993 (B.A. English). She was honored as “Outstanding Young Woman of Ohio” in 1968 for her work with migrant workers in Mercer County. BarB wrote a weekly newspaper column for Derry Drugs and also hosted “A View from the Tree House on WERT Radio. She had several careers with Derry Drugs, Vantage Career School, and Starr Commonwealth.

She served on Van Wert City Council and the city Zoning Commission, was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and was active with Van Wert Rotary Club and various other community committees and commissions.

BarB will be forever missed by her family and friends. She was dedicated to the care and service to others. She leaves a legacy of love, laughter, and faithfulness.

A memorial service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 17, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Van Wert.

A gathering of family and friends will start at 2 p.m. Sunday, prior to the service, at the church.

Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center or Van Wert Rotary Club.

POSTED: 12/08/17 at 6:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Wanda Lou Lockhart, 80, passed away at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, December 7, 2017, at her home: Van Wert Manor.

She was born January 28, 1937, in Liberty Township, the daughter of Dale Edmond and Rhea Idella (Ault) Lockhart, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include two sisters, Betty J. (Walter L.) Cox and Vicky Clifton, both of Ohio City; two brothers, Gary L. (Kat) Lockhart of Chandlersville and Ricky D. (Dorothy) Lockhart of Westerville; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
A brother, Jimmie A. Lockhart, and one sister-in-law, Joan Lockhart, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 12, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Tony Perry officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials :Thomas Edison Center.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/08/17 at 5:56 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Karen Money, 69, of Van Wert, passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017, after an extended illness.  She was born December 31, 1947 in Pineville, Kentucky, the daughter of Effie (Lee) and Caleb Crawford, who both preceded her in death.

She married Edgar Gary Money on December 6, 1965, and he survives. Together they had three children: Gary Brian (Tina) Money of Van Wert, Anthony Keith (Nicole) Money of Van Wert, and Rebecca Ann (Marc) Miller of St. Marys.

Karen is also survived by eight grandchildren: Ashley Money, Kory Money, Kyle Money, Tyler (Becca) Money, McKayla Money, Payton Money, Jacob Miller, and Elizabeth Miller; two great-grandchildren: Charleigh Toler and Harlow Toler.

Other survivors include two brothers, John (Lulu) Crawford and Fitz (Mary) Crawford; two sisters, Maxine (Dan) Sutton and Dottie (Bob) Ziegler; a sister-in-law, Nancy Crawford; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A sister, Mary Crawford, and two brothers, Hollis Crawford and Jerry Crawford, also preceded her in death.

Karen was a devoted wife and mother. She was a homemaker and always put her family first and loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, cooking, and reading. She loved attending church and was a member of Samaria Missionary Baptist Church in St. Marys.

There will be no public services. The family will hold a celebration of her life during a private family service.

Arrangements were by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert.  Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 12/06/17 at 8:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Ricky Lee Jackson, 56, of rural Monroeville, Indiana, passed away at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2017, at his residence.

He was born April 30, 1961, in Martins Ferry, the son of Harry and Betty (Howard) Jackson, who both preceded him in death. On July 14, 1979, he married the former Brenda Ickes, who survives.

Other survivors include a son, Ricky L. (Danielle) Jackson Jr. of Decatur, Indiana; one daughter, Mandy (Nicholas) Rieth of Decatur; four brothers, Harry (Bobbie) Jackson of Martins Ferry, James Jackson of Bridgeport, Terry (Susie) Jackson of Ohio City, and Richard Jackson of Van Wert; and six grandchildren.

A sister, Dawn Pratt, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 10, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Scott Fleming officiating.

Visitation is from 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, 6316 Mutual Drive, Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/06/17 at 8:10 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Catherine L. German, 87, of Van Wert, passed away at 11:58 a.m. Monday, December 4, 2017, at Van Wert Manor.

She was born March 22, 1930, in Decatur, Indiana, to Adam and Hazel (Cook) Johnson, who both preceded her in death. Catherine married the love of her life, Joseph R. German Sr., on March 19, 1954, and he passed away December 31, 1992.

She is survived by her sons, Rex Thatcher of Decatur, Indiana, Joseph R. German Jr. of Convoy, Greg German of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Dave (Kendra) German of Van Wert; a daughter, Cindy German of Van Wert; grandchildren, Shane H. (Damon) Eddins, Rose H. German, Melissa German, Fara (Chad) Lare, Brandon German, Trevor German, Chris (Dawn) German, Misty (Lance) Ryan, Tyler German, Amber (Kevin Hall) German, Samantha (James) Yates, and Trisha (Cola) Orsbon, 23 great-grandchildren; a brother, June (Jean) Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

A daughter-in-law, Rose German; one granddaughter, Crystal German;  a sister, Pat Sites; and a brother, Bill Johnson, also preceded her in death.

She loved spending time with family, playing bingo and listening to country music, especially Luke Bryan.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 7, at Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert, with the Rev. Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert. 

Visitation is from 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, at the funeral home. 

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

POSTED: 12/05/17 at 10:01 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Helen L. Eberle, 90, of Van Wert, died at 11:18 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born March 26 1927, in Van Wert, the daughter of Erastus and Cora Bell (Anderson) Jenkins, who both preceded her in death. On August 18, 1943, she married Robert Eberle, who died August 21, 1997.

She is survived by her children, Mark (Dawn M.) Eberle of Florida, Robin E. (Pamela S.) Eberle of Ottoville, and Pamela J. (James) Black of Van Wert;  eight grandchildren, Caleb Eberle, Mark Eberle, Mandy Rowe, Mallory Eberle, Robin Parr, James Black Jr., Robert Black, Amee Black Heppeard; 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Alberta Welker of Marietta, and Betty Lewis and Jody Tindall, both of Van Wert.

Three sisters, Jessie Jenkins, Florine Ruskaup, and Velma Geisman, and six brothers; Leo, Russell, Bob, Carroll, Roger Jenkins, and Albert Anderson, also preceded her in death

Helen had been employed by Borden’s in Van Wert and Van Wert Manufacturing (Universal Lettering).

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 7, in Ridge Cemetery in rural Van Wert County, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. 

There will be no visitation.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

Funeral arrangements were handled by Brickner Funeral Home in Van Wert.

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

POSTED: 12/04/17 at 10:12 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Danny G. Stutz, 73, of rural Van Wert, died at 8:29 a.m. Sunday, December 3, 2017, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.

He was born April 26, 1944, in Ohio City, the son of the late Henry William and Grace A. (Magoto) Stutz. On November 18, 1962, he married the former Carole McMichael in Trinity Friends Church in Van Wert, and she survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Rhonda R. (Bob) Seibert of Van Wert and Teresa L. (Greg) Johnston of Cape Coral, Florida; two sons, Ricky G. (Wendy) Stutz and Curtis W. (Angie) Stutz, both of Glenmore; a brother, John Stutz of Jonestown; three sisters, Ruth Ann Topp of New Bremen, and Pearl Mason and Judy (Jerry Christner) Lewis, both of Van Wert; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

A great-grandson, Bentley Crowle; two brothers, Bob Stutz and Bill Stutz; and four sisters, Gertrude Topp, Edna Mae Creel, Betty Shertzer and Margaret Miller, also preceded him in death.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, December 8, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Steven G. Waterman officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City.

Calling hours are from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center or Olive Branch Church of God.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 12/04/17 at 10:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries