The Van Wert County Courthouse

Sunday, May. 27, 2018

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

Ruby Louise (Burk) Day, 76, of Convoy, died at 7:48 a.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at the home of her daughter west of Convoy.

She was born January 15, 1942, in Iowa, the daughter of Charles and Thelma (Schwartzs) Burk, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include five children, Tina Allen (Lawrence) Erb of Paulding, Kenneth (Michelle) Allen Jr. of Antwerp, Mark (Chuck) Karbowiak of Cridersville, Tracie Allen (Timothy Runyon) Turpening of Convoy, and Michael (Cheyenna) Allen of Van Wert; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a brother, Roy (Ada) Burk of Paulding; one sister, Roxanne (Dave) Rodman of Melrose; and a sister-in-law, Carol Burk of Van Wert.

Two brothers, Robert and Ray Burk and a grandson, Michael Allen Jr., also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Harvest Field Pentecostal Church of God near Scott, with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Scott Cemetery.

Visitation is from 1-3 p.m. Friday at the church.

Preferred memorials: American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/23/18 at 9:55 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Marcia L. Sanderson, 79, of Van Wert, passed away at 8:57 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018, at the Van Wert Area Inpatient Hospice Center.

She was born July 27, 1938, in Van Wert County, the daughter of Lamo Byron and Nellie Winona (Hertel) Scheidt, who both preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband, Leo F. Sanderson, who she married on February 27, 1959; a son, Mark (Leah) Sanderson of Van Wert; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Her stepfather, Thomas Alfred Rauch; and two brothers, Gus N. Scheidt and Ned D. Scheidt, also preceded her in death.

There will be graveside funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, in Woodlawn Cemetery in Ohio City, with Pastor Kevin Wilcox officiating.

Preferred memorials: Ohio City United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/22/18 at 10:06 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Barbara Jean (Rice) Hill, 70, of The Colony, Texas, died on April 22, 2018, in her home.

Barbara Jean (Rice) Hill

Barb was born January 7, 1948, at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, the daughter of Alice Louise (Mohler) Rice and William Dean Rice, who both preceded her in death, and the youngest girl of nine children. She married Kenneth C. Hill in 1966 and they resided in Van Wert until the end of 1993, when they moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, to run an emergency foster home, fostering 170 children.

In the spring of 2003, Barb and Ken relocated to The Colony, in north Dallas, Texas, to be close to their grandchildren. Barb’s heart was dedicated to enriching the lives of children, working at various schools and daycares and, finally, as a nanny for the remainder of her working years. She served as the greeter at her church, Horizons Church in The Colony.  She was best known for her love for her family (especially her grandchildren), her quick wit, and fun-loving spirit.

Barb is survived by her husband, Kenneth; two daughters, Brenda Sue (Mutizwa Chirunga) Hill and Pamela Kaye (Humberto) Hill De Santiago; and her grandchildren, Tristan, Elaina, Jonathan, and Nicholas. She is also survived by her sister, Ruth Hill of Van Wert); and two brothers, Rodger Rice of Van Wert and Gary (Phyllis) Rice of Ohio City; and many nieces and nephews.

Three sisters, Marilyn Bollenbaugh, Joyce Jent, and Linda Odenweller; and two brothers, Charles Rice and Johnny Rice, also preceded her in death.

A graveside service will be held at the National Cemetery in Dallas for immediate family. A celebration of her life is being planned for Saturday, May 26, at Horizons Church, 6600 Paige Road, The Colony, Texas.

Memorial donations can be made to Metro Relief, 5201 S. Colony Blvd., Suite 545, The Colony, TX 75056.

POSTED: 05/21/18 at 11:49 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Deanna Kay Oechsle, 71, was called home to the Lord on Sunday morning, May 20,2018.

Deanna Kay Oechsle

She was born June 7, 1946, in Van Wert County, the daughter of James E. and Betty (Youtsey) Allen, who both preceded Deanna in death. On June 6, 1967, she married Larry Paul Oechsle, who survives.

Other survivors include a daughter, Lori Lynn Straley; one grandson, Jonathan Ryan (Brittany) Straley; and a great-grandson, Jaxon Ryan Straley. Also surviving is a brother, James E. Allen of Van Wert; and her two fur babies, Buddy and Spike.

Deanna worked for Central Mutual Insurance Companies for 43 years, retiring October 31, 2009, and was loved by everyone she met. Deanna was struggling with cancer for the past five months.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 24, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory in Van Wert. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery in Van Wert.

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

Preferred memorials: St. Jude’s Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.

POSTED: 05/21/18 at 11:51 am. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Nancy (Kreischer) Etzler, 75, passed away Friday, May 4, 2018, in Perrysburg.

She was born in Harrison Township, Van Wert County, on January 15, 1943, the daughter of Leroy and Sarah (Gribler) Kreischer, who both preceded her in death. She married Allen Etzler on June 8, 1963, and he also preceded her in death.

Survivors include a son, Bradley A. Etzler of Fort Wayne, Indiana; one grandson, Mychal Brim of Bowling Green; a son-in-law, Mike Brim of Bowling Green; two sisters, Donna Githens of Wren and Eloise (Mike) Biro of Van Wert; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Lori Brim (in November 2017); and one sister, Mildred Baxter, also preceded her in death.

According to her wishes there were no services.

POSTED: 05/18/18 at 8:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Stella Jane (Siders) Stevens, died Thursday, May 17, 2018, at Lima Memorial Hospital.

She was born December 20, 1944, the daughter of Clayton H. and Mildred M. (Fox) Siders, who both preceded her in death. She married David James Stevens on July 21, 1962, and he died May 6, 2014.

She is survived by her children, James Clayton (Elizabeth) Stevens and Tammy Kay Stevens, both of Van Wert; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth C. Siders and Emmitt (Cheryl) Gehres, both of Van Wert; and two sisters, Sheena J. Outland of Marion and Carolyn Nimtz of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

A brother, Denny Siders, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 21, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Dan Custis officiating. Burial will follow at IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/18/18 at 5:58 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Gretta M. Prichard, 61, of York Township, Van Wert County, died at 3:20 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima.

She was born December 19, 1956, in Ypsilanti, Michigan, the daughter of Bill and Donna (Williams) Trobaugh, who both preceded her in death. In August 1992, she married Kevin Lloyd Prichard, who survives.

Other survivors include her children, Esther (Mike) Driggs of Evansville, Indiana, Kristi McFarland of Reynoldsburg, Mandee (Matt) Slavik of Rockford, and Jason (Allison) Van Tilburg of Celina; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Bill (Catherine) Trobaugh Jr.

There will be a memorial service at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, at LifeHouse Church in Van Wert, with Pastor Matt Braun officiating.

Visitation is from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

POSTED: 05/18/18 at 5:57 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Richard Allen Harman Sr., 63, of Mount Sterling, Illinois, died at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville, Illinois.

He was born December 10, 1954, in Van Wert, the son of Raymond J. Harman Sr., who preceded him in death, and Viola Layton Harman, who survives; and was raised by his loving mother, Mary C. Chapman Harman, who survives in Deming, New Mexico. He married Eva F. Winner on March 18, 2000, in Mount Sterling, Illinois, and she survives.

Survivors include three children, Richard Harman Jr., Tammy Sue Harman, and Diane Kruse, all of Mount Sterling; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four brothers, Raymond Harman Jr. of Deming, New Mexico, Roger Harman of San Diego, California, Robert Harman of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and David Harman of Los Angeles, California; three sisters, Vicki Lee Shoup of Delta, Rea Harris of Apache Junction, Arizona, and Laura Schott of Van Wert; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Robert Harman, in infancy; one grandson, Malachi, in infancy; and 1a sister, Linda Richardson, also preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, May 19, in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mount Sterling, Illinois, with Pastor Matt Haberman officiating.

Burial will be in the Mount Sterling City Cemetery. 

Visitation will be one hour prior to services Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: To the family.

Condolences may be expressed at www.hendrickerfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/17/18 at 9:00 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Dorothy A. Gleckler, 86 of Convoy, died at 4:09 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Van Wert.

Dorothy A. Gleckler

She was born March 10, 1932, in Ohio City, the daughter of Lawrence W. and Pearlie (Baker) Schaadt, who both preceded her in death. On May 24, 1952, she married Dale B. Gleckler, who died April 10, 2018.

Dorothy retired as an administrative assistant in various medical offices in Van Wert. She was a member of Convoy United Methodist Church and formerly the United Methodist Woman’s Guild.

Survivors include a son, Jeffrey D. (Debra) Gleckler of Convoy; one daughter, Susan (Dave) Rahn of Middlebury, Indiana; three grandchildren, Jason (Whitney) Rahn, Alison (Jake) Bland, and Garret Gleckler; five great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Richard Crow of Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Two brothers, Donald W. Schaadt and Harold Johnson; and a sister, Ellen Crow, also preceded her in death.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday, May 19, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, officiated by Dr. David Rahn. Burial will follow in IOOF Cemetery in Convoy.

Visitation is from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Youth for Christ, Convoy United Methodist Church, or the Convoy EMS.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/16/18 at 2:25 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries

Erma Elizabeth Klinger, 81, of Tully Township, Van Wert County, died at 1:19 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Vancrest Health Care Center in Convoy.

Erma Elizabeth Klinger

She was born February 3, 1937, in Hartford City, Indiana, the daughter of Lora Cleo and Mabel Edith (Beeks) Moorman, who both preceded her in death. On June 5, 1955, she married Robert O. Klinger, who died December 17, 2014.

Erma was also preceded in death by two daughters, Ruth Marie Collier and Beth Ann; two brothers, Ralph and Ernest Richard Moorman; and two grandchildren, Amanda Joann Klinger and Autumn Dawn Collier.

Survivors include a son, Robert Craig (Nancy J.) Klinger of Convoy; six grandchildren, Angie (Josh) Yado, Beth (Phil) Wells, Robert Craig Klinger Jr., Summer Klinger, Ricky Collier, and Daniel Collier; nine great-grandchildren, Sierra Klinger, Kaydence Beachy, Lilyana Yado, Peyton Yado, Adaline Yado, Emerson Wells, Parker Wells, Korie Klinger, and Brantley Klinger; and three sisters, Donna Brock of Monroe, Indiana, Sarah Kleinknight of Kokomo, Indiana and Judy Woodruff of Brooksville, Indiana.

Erma was an aide at the Marion (Indiana) Veterans Administration Hospital for 30 years. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, playing cards, and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home in Van Wert, with Pastor Rod Price officiating.

Visitation is from 5-7 p.m. Friday prior to services at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials: Ries Memorial Fund of Calvary Evangelical Church.

Condolences may be expressed at www.cowanfuneralhome.com.

POSTED: 05/16/18 at 2:22 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries