Friday, January 19, 2018

2018 Ottoville Obits

1-1-2018
Mary Kay Zink
Mary Kay Zink, 98, passed away peacefully January 1, 2018. Born in 1919 to Ralph and Gertrude Siler, she has fond memories growing up in Ottoville, graduating in 1937.
She married Linus Zink in 1948, who preceded her in death in 1984. Also preceding her are sisters Fern LaFranco, Virginia Altenburger, brother Tom Siler and son-in-law Jim Stewart.
She is survived by three children Charlene Stewart, Charlotte Vangsness (Kevin) and Jim Zink; two grandchildren Kari Hagee (Daniel) and Mark Vangsness and two sisters Celeste Jones and Phyllis Siler.
She was a devoted member of St. Gerard Church for 70 years. She loved spending time with family and friends and making cookies to give away. She will be remembered for her giving spirit volunteering for Right to Life, YMCA Bingo and St Gerard.
In lieu of flowers, she requested to consider donations to St. Gerard School (240 W. Robb Ave, Lima, OH 45801).
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 19 at St. Gerard Church with burial in Gethsemani Cemetery. The family will be available to meet with friends and relatives one hour prior to the funeral in the church.

1-23-2018
Jimmy C. Spencer
Jimmy C. Spencer, 64, of Fort Jennings died at 6:04 p.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Lima Memorial Health System.
He was born on May 1, 1953 in Lima to the late Howard and Irene (Bigelow) Spencer. On November 8, 1975, he married Nancy Miller who survives in Fort Jennings.
Survivors also include two sons, Justin (Nickie) Spencer of Cloverdale and Weston Spencer of Ottoville; two grandsons, Chaz and Zachary Spencer; a brother, Dean (Gloria) Spencer of Evansville, IN; and a sister, Jacqueline (Mike) Minch of Portland, IN.
He was preceded in death by a sister and her husband, Beverly and Robert Shade; and a brother-in-law, Robert Urton.
Jimmy was a self-employed commercial truck driver who was hard-working and an entrepreneur. He was an avid gardener and loved flowers.
Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, January 27, 2018 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township with Pastor Gary Beatty officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. on Friday and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Chad L. Staib Scholarship.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

2-18-2018
Thomas A. Bendele
Thomas A. Bendele, 78, of Wapakoneta, died 3:29 p.m., Sun. Feb, 18, 2018, at the Cleveland Clinic. He was born Feb. 11, 1940, in Ft. Jennings, OH, the son of Isidore N. & Gertrude H. (Ricker) Bendele, who preceded him in death. On July 2, 1963, he married Shirley A. Haney, and she survives.
Other survivors include, 2 children, Teresa (Douglas Paynter) Bendele, Painseville, OH, Tony (Shelly) Bendele, Wapakoneta, 3 grandchildren, Amber Bendele, Andrew Bendele, & Aimee Bendele, 3 great grandchildren, Payton, Lily, & Violet Bendele, siblings, Jeannette (Norbert) Albers, Celina, LaDonna (LaVern) Klawitter, Wapakoneta, Norma Prenger, Minster, & Geraldine (Ron) Brunson, MO.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Adam Bendele, an infant brother, Richard Bendele, and a brother-in-law, Eddie Prenger.
Tom retired in 2002 after 26 years of service in skilled trades at Dana Corp, Lima. Before that he worked 18 years as an engineer at Koneta Rubber Co., Wapakoneta. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, and the U.A.W. Local #1765. From 1957 to 1961, he served in the U.S. Navy. While in the Navy, he served on the USS Marias, which was the first ship to be stationed at Barcelona, Spain. Tom designed and built his own tractor. He could repair anything, and enjoyed tinkering in his garage, gardening and doing yard work. His family will greatly miss their husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m., Fri. Feb. 23, 2018, at the St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, with Rev. Patrick Sloneker officiating. Burial is to follow in the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, where military rites will be conducted by the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 p.m., Thurs. at the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave. (St. Rt. 501) Wapakoneta. Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Wapakoneta V.F.W. Post #8445. Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.

2-19-2018
John L. Hohlbein
John L. Hohlbein, 84, of Delphos, Ohio, passed away in the early morning of Monday, February 19, 2018 at Vancrest Nursing Home.
He was born February 3, 1934 in Ottoville to the late Andrew and Barbara (Lehmkuhle) Hohlbein. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy (Haunhorst) Hohlbein whom he married on May 30, 1956.
He is also survived by his children: Lenny Hohlbein of Fulton, KY, Mark Hohlbein (Rebecca) of Columbus, Bonnie Hohlbein of Worthington, Pete Hohlbein (Patty) of Worthington, and Paul Hohlbein (Lisa) of Anna. He was affectionately called Papa by his grandchildren: Lacy, Chloe, Lane, Chris, Aaron, Alex (Elizabeth), Allie (Michael Wenig), Ian, Adam, Kasey (Peiman Sarand), and Basima Azzad; and Great-grandchild: Clara Hohlbein.
He deeply loved all his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchild and he was blessed to be able to hold all of them in his arms.
John and Dorothy also hosted exchange students that became family: Nicole Jongen and Susan Pollmeier.
He was preceded in death by grandchildren: Emily, Ashley, and Kyler Hohlbein; siblings: Alma Schnipke (Otto), Eugene Hohlbein (Catherine), and Oscar Hohlbein (Annie and Sarah); In-laws: Al Hilvers, Alice and Barney Dermer, and Joann Hohlbein.
John attended Ottoville Schools and was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, and The Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was an assistant Scout Master with Landeck Troop 20 with Jim Illig, where he made a lasting positive impact on the lives of many young men. He worked for Fischer Implement and was a mechanic and school bus driver for 40 years. He was in charge of keeping all 16 school buses running for Delphos City Schools, retiring from there after 40 years. John received several honors for his exemplary safety maintenance record with the buses. After retirement from the schools, he drove dump trucks for Ulm Construction and B&K Trucking, retiring from truck driving at 80 years old. He and Dorothy enjoyed traveling frequently to see their kids, grandkids, exchange students (in The Netherlands and Germany) and more recently, their first great-grandchild. He loved a good joke and teasing, but he would give you the shirt off his back if anyone ever needed anything.
He was a gifted mechanic, loved helping people, a dedicated Relay For Lifeteam member, and MS Walk team member and supporter. With this in mind, in lieu of flowers, we encourage you to make a donation to your favorite charity in his name.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 24, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Doug Taylor officiating. Burial will be at a later date in St. John's Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Friday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.

2-18-2018
Margie D. Brenner
Margie D. Brenner, 82, of Montpelier, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at North Collier Hospital in Naples, FL. She was born on January 21, 1936 in Ottoville, OH to Joseph and Estella (Gasser) Miller. Margie graduated from Ottoville High School in 1953. On July 25, 1953 she married Carl E. Brenner in Ottoville and he preceded her in death on August 8, 2009.

Margie was the co-owner alongside her husband Carl of Miller’s New Market where she also managed the bakery. She loved cooking and baking for her family and friends, gardening and golfing. For the last 36 years Margie was a “true snowbird” who enjoyed spending her winters in Florida. Her summers were spent enjoying time at the family lake house. Margie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier, where she was active with the Rosary Alter Society. She was also a member of the Montpelier Moose.

Margie is survived by two daughters, Carol (Tom) Houk and Becki (Greg) Snyder both of Montpelier; one son, Roger (Teresa) Brenner of Wauseon; daughter-in-law, Deborah Brenner of Cleves, OH; eight grandchildren, Tony (Debi) Houk of Plymouth, MI, Tiffany (Jeff) Noling of New Waterford, OH, Eric Brenner of New Albany, OH, Nicholas Brenner of Bryan, Jennifer (Ryan) Ambrose of Cincinnati, OH, A.J. Brenner of Wauseon, Dr. Marissa (Morgan) Locy of Hoover, AL and Bradley Snyder of Nashville, TN; and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carl E. Brenner, son, Carl J. Brenner, three brothers, Orville, Joe and Roger Miller and sister, Dorothy Bergfeld.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018 from 12-6 p.m. with a scripture service at 5:00 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home on Main Street in Montpelier. A Funeral Mass will take place on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Montpelier with Father David Tscherne to officiate. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Montpelier. Donations may be given to Sacred Heart Church or Williams County Blood Bank.

3-10-2018
Paul Winhover
Paul "Tub" Winhover, 91, of Ottoville died 7:15 a.m. Saturday, March 10, 2018 at his residence. He was born January 8, 1927 in Delphos to the late John and Mary (Buecher) Winhover. On November 9, 1953 he married Mary Alice Mesker, who preceded him in death on March 19, 1998. He is also preceded in death by 3 brothers and 5 sisters.
He is survived by 3 children: John (Tammy Carr) Winhover of Ottoville, Jim (Teresa Stark) Winhover of Convoy, and Jane (Ron) Coon of Celina; 8 grandchildren: Ashley (Brian) Patrizzi, Ian McGhee, Tyler Winhover, Brittany Winhover, Elaina Winhover, Monica Winhover, Joel (Lindsay) Kaufman and Brooke (Zach Lutmer) Kaufman; and 3 great-grandchildren: Brynn Lutmer, Ella Patrizzi and Eli Patrizzi; and his special friend Inez Sarka of Kalida.
Paul retired from both the US Navy and the US Army with 21 years of service. He also retired from General Dynamic, Lima. His family was very important to him and he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. Paul was a life member of both the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. He was also an avid Buckeye fan.
The funeral service for Paul will be Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township with Father John Stites officiating. There will be military rites following the service by the Ottoville VFW and the Fort Jennings American Legion. A private graveside service will be held at a later date. Visitation will be Monday from 2 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and again for one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420 Rockville, MD 20850 or to Wounded Warrior Project 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256

3-10-2018
Paul J. Schlaugbaum
Paul Joseph Schlagbaum passed away on March 10, 2018 from lung cancer at the age of 77.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on March 23, 2018 at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 2250 S. Harrison Street Denver, Colorado 80210. A traditional Catholic mass will take place with cremation at a later date.
Paul was born in Ottoville, Ohio on October 1, 1940. He graduated from Ottoville High School and continued to receive a B.A. in Animal Science from Ohio State University.
Paul was married to Cynthia Kahle on November 10, 1962. They were married 55 years.
Paul worked as a sales executive for IBM for 25 years. He then worked for Hewlett Packard and Exybite.
He enjoyed fishing, primarily in the great lakes of Ohio and Michigan, golfing, bird watching, gardening, traveling, and cooking.
He loved high school and college sports, especially football and basketball. He grew to love watching four of his five grandchildren play lacrosse in Colorado and Florida.
Paul was a true family man and more than anything enjoyed spending time with his wife, kids, grandkids.
Paul is survived by his wife Cynthia, their three children; Brad, Craig (Allison), and Amy (Scott), five grandchildren, Britta, Christian, Nicolas, Ben, and Emma Kate. He is also survived by his brother, Bill Schlagbaum, and four sisters Anne Beining, Martha Fischbach, Diane Honigford and Norma Hilvers, and many nieces and nephews. Paul is preceded in death by his parents Walter and Genevieve Schlagbaum.
Donations, in Paul’s name, are suggested to The American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org, by phone at 1-800-227-2345, or by mail at American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

3-13-2018
Carla A. Landin
Carla Ann (Miller) Landin, age 55, passed away on March 13, 2018 at Vancrest Rehabilitation Center in Delphos, Ohio.  She was born December 29, 1962, in Lima, to Donald B. and the late Celesta D. (Recker) Miller. Her father and stepmother, Monica (Rode) Miller survive in Ottoville.  On November 8, 1997, Carla married Troy Landin who survives in Kalida.
Survivors include one sister, Lisa (Kevin) Lindeman of Ottoville, five brothers, Terry (Shirley Rieger) Miller and Lee Miller of Ottoville, Ron Miller of  Powell, Randy (Roxy Eckrote) Miller of Ottawa, and Keith (Melissa Brenek) Miller of Spencerville; one stepsister Elaine (Jeff) Schimmoeller of Ottoville; seven stepbrothers, Steve (Mary Schimmoeller) Koester, Dave (Mary Osting) Koester, Joe (Tina Rellinger) Koester, Dean (Melanie Halsey) Koester, Chuck (Jodi Landin)  Koester and Paul Koester of Ottoville, Dale (Lisa Lewis) Koester of Sunbury; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Roger and Darlene (Krites) Landin of Ottoville; and a brother-in-law, Chad (Lora Miller) Landin of Ottoville. She is survived by three aunts, one uncle, fifteen nieces, fourteen nephews, eight great nieces, seventeen great nephews and one on the way.
  Carla was a 1981 graduate of Ottoville High School and attended Rhodes State College. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Rosary Altar Society.
  She was an employee with Chiefs Supermarket for 36 years.  Carla enjoyed catering with her friends for Dee Dee Schlagbaum.
  Carla enjoyed cooking, gardening, reading, praying the rosary, and traveling with Troy.  She was more of a loving mother than an aunt to her nieces and nephews. Carla always had a smile, a kind word, and a giving heart.
  A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Monday, March 19, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerry Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a Rosary at 1:45 p.m.
  Memorials may be made to Putnam County Hospice.
  Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.

3-27-2018
Robert J. Hohlbein
Robert 'Bob' J. Hohlbein, 92, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018, at Vancrest Health Care Center of Delphos.
His Family…. Bob was born March 28, 1925, in Ottoville, Ohio to Frank and Catherine (Bensman) Hohlbein, who both preceded him in death. On October 26, 1946, he married Wanda (Mesker) Hohlbein who preceded him in death on May 11, 2017, after 70 ½ years of marriage.
He is survived by a son, William 'Bill' Hohlbein of Indianapolis, Indiana; a daughter, Lisa (William 'Bill') Mullenhour of Lima; and a granddaughter, Lauren. He is survived by sisters, Rita Mae Pohlman, Mary Lou Gerdeman, and Dolly Hemker of Delphos, Valita Lammers of Kalida, brothers Dick Hohlbein of Lima, Don (Janice) Hohlbein and Jerry (Angie) Hohlbein of Ottoville; two brothers-in-law, Joe (Shirley) Mesker of Ft. Jennings, and Jim (Mary) Mesker of Delphos, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Velma Ricker, Alice Meyer, an infant twin brother and sister, Carl and Carol Hohlbein; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hohlbein and Sue Hohlbein, brothers-in-law, John Ricker, Virgil Meyer, Melvin Pohlman, Carl Hemker, Paul Lammers and Richard Gerdeman.
His Legacy…. Bob was a graduate of Ottoville High School, Chicago University, and Northwestern Business College. He was a proud World War IIVeteran, having served his country as a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Signal Corps. stationed in Italy from 1944-1946. He was honored to be on the "Honor Flight" for Veterans in 2009. Bob retired from the Bostwick Braun Company in 1990 as a Vice President of Warehouse Operations after many years of selling and traveling in the hardware sector. Bob was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was affiliated with the American Legion, V.F.W., Delphos Rotary Club, former President of the Delphos City Council and Delphos Jaycees. Bob enjoyed playing his harmonicas while spending time in Florida with Wanda and playing for nursing home residents in the Delphos area.
His Farewell Services… Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Monday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association. Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.

3-31-2018
Daniel A. Deitering
Daniel Anthony Deitering of Maumee, Ohio passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Dan was born to Leo Sr. and Rosa (Murray) Deitering on April 18, 1941 in Ottoville, Ohio.
Dan graduated from Ottoville High School in 1960. In 1965, he had a honorable discharge as a Sp4 from the 3d Armored Division(Spearhead) stationed in Frankfurt Germany.
Dan enjoyed creating fond memories with his grandchildren by routinely taking them to the library, the park or playing cards with them or just hanging out. Dan’s passion was in Genealogy. He loved to research, learn and share information (over and over….) about the history of his family. He was the catalyst for bringing about the first “Deitering World Reunion” to Ottoville, Ohio in 1996. Dan volunteered and served on the board for the Lucas County Genealogical Society. Dan spent many years dancing as a member of the Deutsche Trachten Gruppe. Every year he looked forward to performing and volunteering at the German American Festival.
Dan is survived by his children, Daniel Nickolas Deitering, Gregory (Jill) Deitering and Martina (Bruce) Benton; and his grandchildren, Audrey, Quinn, Miles and Zane; sister, Mary Lee Laudick; 38 nieces and nephews, and Marita his former wife and the mother of his children. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, Roger, Elmer, James, Herman, Thomas, William, John, Leo Jr., and Robert.
Celebration of Life event will be announced at a later date so friends and family can share memories and stories of Dan. Dan's family would like to thank the second floor staff at St. Luke's Hospital for their compassionate care, especially Shannon. Also, we would like to extend a thank you to the many friendly people he spent his time with at the local Maumee McDonalds and the Perrysburg Senior Citizen Center.

4-1-2018
Donald B. Miller
Donald B. Miller, 86, of Ottoville passed away on April 1, 2018, at Vancrest Rehabilitation Center in Delphos.
  He was born on November 4, 1931, in Putnam County to the late Leo A. and Frances (Boecker) Miller.  On June 3, 1952, he married Celesta D. Recker who passed away on July 9, 1975. Donald later married Monica (Rode) Koester on October 27, 1978, who survives in Ottoville.
  Donald is also survived by one daughter, Lisa (Kevin) Lindeman of Ottoville; five sons, Terry (Shirley Rieger) Miller and Lee Miller of Ottoville, Ron Miller of Powell, Randy (Roxy Eckrote) Miller of Ottawa, and Keith (Melissa Brenek) Miller of Spencerville; one stepdaughter, Elaine (Jeff) Schimmoeller of Ottoville; seven stepsons, Steve (Mary Schimmoeller) Koester, Dave (Mary Osting) Koester, Joe (Tina Rellinger) Koester, Dean (Melanie Halsey) Koester, Chuck (Jodi Landin) Koester and Paul Koester of Ottoville and Dale (Lisa Lewis) Koester of Sunbury; one son-in-law, Troy Landin of Kalida; twenty-five grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren with one on-the-way.
  Donald’s surviving siblings are one brother, Richard (Betty) Miller of Ottoville; one sister, Betty Hermiller of Columbus Grove; and a sister-in-law, Babe Miller of Ottoville.
  Donald’s other surviving in-laws are, Art Rode, Jr., of Landeck, Dorothy and Nub Grothause of Delphos, Sister Antonia Rode of Tiffin, and Ron and Mary Lou Rode of Delphos.
  Preceding him in death were one daughter, Carla (Miller) Landin who passed away on March 13, 2018, and siblings and in-laws, Wilma (Amos) Miller, Maggie (Ernie) Schimmoeller, Erma Wehri Morman, Eugene Miller, Berta Schimmoeller Cramer, Roger Schimmoeller, Lorn Cramer, Frank Hermiller, Henry Wehri, and Norbert Morman.
  Also preceding him in death were in-laws, Pat Rode, John and Norma Trentman, and Jerome Rode.
  Donald was a U. S. Army veteran during the Korean War, serving in the Military Police.  He worked from 1956 to 1986 at the Ford Lima Engine Plant. He farmed for many years in Jackson Township, Putnam County.  In his later years he was an assistant groundskeeper at Delphos Country Club, and he also repaired bicycles to new condition and donated them to numerous charities.  He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville, and a former Church Council member. Previously, he had served as Church Council member for St. Barbara’s Catholic Church, Cloverdale.  He was a former member of the Ottoville Local School Board. He was a member or the Ottoville VFW, and for a time he served as VFW Chaplain. He was a member of the Ft. Jennings American Legion. He also had served as a board member of the Ottoville Mutual Telephone Company.
  Donald loved spending time with his wife, Moni, their children, their grandchildren, and their great-grandchildren.  He loved family get-togethers and he hosted and participated in many family barbecues. He always emphasized love and empathy to all people.
  Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with The Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating.  Burial will follow in St. Barbara’s Cemetery, Cloverdale. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and again from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.  There will be a Rosary service at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the Immaculate Conception Window Restoration Fund or the Putnam County Council on Aging.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.

4-3-2018
Clara L. Gerker
Clara L. (Verhoff) Gerker died Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at her residence. She was born December 24, 1923 in Cuba, OH to the late Aloysius and Veronica (Schmiedebusch) Verhoff. On September 3, 1947 she married Urban Gerker who preceded her in death on January 26, 1991.
Surviving are four sons, Jerry (Cathy) Gerker of Blacklick, Mike Gerker and Dan (Carol) Gerker all of Cloverdale, Mark (Sue) Gerker of Delphos; three daughters, Annita (Harry) Flanagan of Delphos, Mary Ann (Art) Schmit of Grove City, and Doris Gerker of Cloverdale; two sisters,  Helen Luersman of Ottoville and Veronica Luersman of Delphos; a sister-in-law, Joan Verhoff of Charlotte, NC; fifteen grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a son, James Gerker; a grandson, Stephen Gerker; three brothers, Cornelius, Elmer, and John Verhoff; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gertrude (Harold) Nienberg, Stella (Leonard) Knueven, Rita (Alvin) Kleman, Ed Luersman, and Larry Luersman.
Clara was a wonderful mother to all. She was a homemaker and worked hard on the family farm. She had a gentle and kind spirit and lived for her family. Clara was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Catholic Ladies of Columbia.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter and Fr. Ryan Schmit officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Friday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township where there will be a Scripture Service at 1:45 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Window Fund.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.

4-14-2018
Bron H. Eickholt
Bryon H. Eickholt, 39, of Glandorf died 2:52 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Eskenazi Hospital, Indianapolis, IN.  He was born December 15, 1978 in Lima to Vincent "Doc" and Virginia (Duling) Eickholt. His father and step mother, Pam, survive in Glandorf.  His mother and step-father, George Kleman, survive in Miller City.
  Other survivors include three children: Sydney Eickholt and Breanne Eickholt of Continental, and Brodin Eickholt of Lima; five siblings: Dana (Heather) Koontz of Lafayette, Lee (Lindsey) Koontz of Philadelphia, PA, Craig (Janelle) Koontz of Las Vegas, NV, Jonathan Kleman of Ottawa and Anna Kleman of Lima.
  He was preceded in death by his son, Zachary Eickholt.
Bryon was a Millwright with Atlantic Plant Maintenance of Houston TX, and had formerly worked for DTR of Bluffton.  He was a 1997 Ottawa-Glandorf High School graduate, member of Local 1090 Millwright-Pile Drivers of Perrysburg and the Ottawa Sons of the American Legion Post 63.  Bryon enjoyed bowling, fishing, softball, trap shooting attending his children's sporting events and achievements and was a die hard Michigan, Cleveland Indians and Browns fan.
  A Mass of Christian Burial will begin Friday 10:30 a.m., April 20, 2018 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Glandorf with Fr. Mark Hoying officiating.  Burial will follow in Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery, Ottawa. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. Thursday at LOVE FUNERAL HOME, Ottawa.
Memorial donation may be made to his children's education funds or to the SIDS Foundation.
  Condolence may be expressed at:  lovefuneralhome.com

5-1-2018
Richard J. Wurst
Richard J. Wurst, 89 of Ottoville passed away at 2:32 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at Lima Memorial Hospital's inpatient hospice care after a short battle with cancer.
He was born June 22, 1928 in Ottoville to Frank and Hilda (Scharf) Wurst, who preceded him in death. On June 22, 1953, he married Deloris J. Hall, who preceded him in death on December 4, 2006.
Richard is survived by two daughters, Jaylene Ryan and Nanette Weaver (Tom Sarno) both of Lima; four grandchildren, Stephanie Weaver of Columbus, Alyssa Weaver (Robb Kregloh) of Indianapolis, Tara (Brian) Moloney of Ft. Wayne, and Adam (Meghan) Ryan of Columbus; one step-granddaughter, Jessica (Matt) Walker of Gibsonia, PA; two great-grandsons, Declan and Finn Moloney; three step great-grandchildren, Aaron, Kassidy, and David Walker; and three brothers, Leo (Phyllis) Wurst of Ottoville, Larry Wurst of Dayton, and Rodney (Lois) Wurst of McCormick, SC.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Wurst on October 6, 2007; one brother, Arthur (Brenda) Wurst; and his sister-in-law, Gloria Wurst.
Richard was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He worked at the Ottoville Hatchery and Feed Mill for his father, and was also a co-owner of Millie's Café with his brothers. He retired from Fruehauf Trailer Corp and the Village of Ottoville, where he served as the Village Clerk for twelve years, and as Secretary of the Zoning Board. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville and its Holy Name Society. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3740 in Ottoville, and a member of the American Legion Post 715 in Ft. Jennings. He was also a member of the Ottoville Lions Club for 60 years, serving as President for one year and as Secretary for 20 years. He also served as Quartermaster of the VFW post for over 19 years.
Richard enjoyed boating and camping with his family at Marble Lake and Indian Lake. He will be forever remembered by all his grandchildren as "Captain Dick".
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Charles Singler officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville where there will be military rites by the Ottoville VFW and Ft. Jennings American Legion. Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorials may be made to Putnam County Home Health and Hospice.
Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.

5-2-2018
Laverne Looser
Lavern "Chuck" Looser, 90 of Ottoville died at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at The Meadows of Kalida. He was born September 28, 1927 in Ottoville to the late Charles and Rosa (Klausing) Looser. On May 20, 1950 he married Evelyn Nartker who survives in Ottoville.
   Also surviving are four children, Debra (Kevin) Bockrath of Chillicothe, Karen (Don) Ellerbrock of Ottoville, Randy Looser of Arlington, TX, and Lori (Rodney) Niemeyer of Ottoville; fifteen grandchildren; and twenty-five great-grandchildren with one on-the-way. Chuck was also preceded in death by a son, Thomas Looser; a great-grandchild; a daughter-in-law, Dacy Looser; his brother, Bernard Looser; and a sister, Millie Elwer.
   Chuck was a farmer and was retired from Fruehauf of Delphos. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He played basketball for Ottoville High School and was an avid Big Green supporter by attending their sporting events.
   A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 7, 2018 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
   Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Putnam County Hospice.
   Condolences can be expressed at: www.lovefuneralhome.com.

5-11-2018
Bernard J. Pohl
Bernard J. "Barney" Pohl, age 87, of Quincy, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018 at Maple Lawn Medical Care Facility in Coldwater surrounded by his family. He was born August 15, 1930 in Ottoville, Ohio to Frank and Elizabeth (Calavage) Pohl. Barney married Eunice Siefker on January 19, 1957 and she survives.
Together with his wife, Barney owned and operated the Cottonwood Resort at Marble Lake in Quincy for 43 years. He was a member of St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Coldwater, the Coldwater Elks and United Commercial Travelers. Barney enjoyed wintering in Haines City, Florida, helping on the family farm, raccoon hunting and woodworking, especially building bird houses and nativity scenes.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Eunice Pohl, Barney is survived by one daughter, Carol (Bob) Elliott of Coldwater; three sons, Roy (Darla) Pohl of Quincy, Keith (Pam) Pohl of Coldwater and Bruce (Lisa) Pohl of Allendale; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; six sisters and two brothers.
Barney was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and five brothers.
A Memorial Mass for Bernard "Barney" Pohl will be held Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Coldwater with Fr. Paul Redmond as celebrant. The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday from 4-8 PM at the Eagle Funeral Home - George White Chapel in Quincy with a rosary service beginning at 7:30 PM.
Memorial contributions are suggested to St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School.

5-12-2018
Norbert J. Grothause
Norbert J. 'Nub' Grothause, age 83, of Delphos, passed away Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 7:06 A.M. at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Delphos
He was born June 28, 1934 in Ft. Jennings to Richard and Marie (Krieft) Grothause, who both preceded him in death. On August 20, 1960, he married Dorothy (Miller-Rode) Grothause, who survives in Delphos.
He is also survived by a son, Chris (Jane) Rode of Delphos; four daughters, Annette (Terry) Ralston of Spencerville, Genean (Doug) Corwin of Lima, Peggy (Tom) Williams of Delphos, and Laurie (Steve) Casebolt of Lima; a daughter-in-law Maria Grothause; a brother, Michael (Pat) Grothause ; two sisters, Helen Kaverman and Beth (Larry) Metzger; sisters-in-law; Jean, Mary, Marcia Grothause, Monica Miller, Sr. Toni Rode; brothers-in-law Art Rode, and Ron(Mary Lou) Rode; fourteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Duane Grothause; and three brothers, James, Hubert and Paul Grothause; brothers-in-law, Hubert Kaverman, John Trentman, H.H. Koester, and Don Miller; sisters-in-law, Norma Trentman and Pat Rode.
Nub graduated from Ft. Jennings High School in 1952. He farmed and raised registered polled Hereford cattle for 10 years prior to his employment as retail manager at Crop Production Services in Delphos retiring in 1996. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. He was a member of K of C Council 1362 Delphos. He was very involved with St. John's Church and school for many, many years involving himself in numerous programs and projects. He was also a 4-H advisor for many years. He was very involved with the Canal Museum, Postal Museum, and the Stadium Club. Nub was the 2017 Delphos Herald man of the year.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Burial of ashes will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ottoville.
Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a K of C Rosary will be said at 7:45 followed by a Parish Wake Service at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Church Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.

5-15-2018
Robert G. Weber
Robert G. Weber, 91, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at Vancrest of Delphos.
He was born February 23, 1927 in Ottoville to Albert and Regina (Schmit) Weber. On May 20, 1950 he married the love of his life Rita (Fisher) Weber, and she passed away on June 21, 2005.
He is survived by two sons, Rob (Laurie) Weber of Ft. Jennings and Carl (Mary Lou) Weber of Delphos; six daughters, Barb (Larry) Armstrong of Delphos, Linda (Bill) Lisboa of Columbus, Kathy (Charlie) Pugh of Delphos, Mary (Jim) Rode of Delphos, Ginny (Pete) Beko of Jackson Center, and Karen Weber (Sandy Dirkman) of Toledo; a brother, Gene (Posey) Weber of Delphos; a sister, June Link of Delphos; eighteen grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren, and two on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Rita Weber; two grandsons, Matthew Lisboa and Austin James Weber, and a great-grandson Zachary Robert Weber, Jr.; brother, Joseph Weber; and five sisters, Luella Barkimer, Colletta Schram, Imogene Jackson, Donna Reinemeyer and Helen Geddings.
Bob retired from Warner & Swasey and also retired in 1990 from I&K Distributors. He served in the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Bob was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was a role model to his family, hardworking, and dedicated to the love of his life, Rita. He was the "go-to guy" for anything his family needed. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren with Rita at his side. He will always be remembered for his smile. He will be truly missed by all and finally reunited with Rita.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. Dennis Walsh officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday at Weber Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, where a Parish Wake Service will be held at 7:45 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Austin James Weber Scholarship Fund or the Arthritis Foundation. Online condolences may be shared at www.weberfh.net.

5-20-2018
Donald J. Bendele
Donald J. Bendele, 83 of Kalida died 1:55 a.m. Sunday, May 20, 2018, at the Meadows of Kalida. He was born June 20, 1934, in Ottoville to the late Jerome and Ethel (Rupert) Bendele. On August 22, 1959, he married Yvonne Jacobs, who survives in Kalida.
Also surviving are 5 children: Mary (Terence) Malosh of Toledo, Mark (Janice) Bendele of Kalida, Lynn (Dan) Horstman of Ottoville, David (Beth) Bendele of Scott Air Force Base, IL and Brent (Angie) Bendele of Logan; 2 brothers: Dennis (Judy) Bendele of Kalida and Robert (Melanie) Bendele of Lima; sister: Joan Schimmoeller of Kalida; 18 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren with 1 on-the-way.
He is preceded in death by a 2 brothers-in-law: Robert Schimmoeller and George Jacobs
Donald retired as the manager from Carter Plumbing Electric and Heating, Columbus Grove. He was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Donald was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church, Kalida and was a member of its Holy Name Society. He was a member of the Kalida Fish and Game, the Knights of Columbus, Kalida, the Putnam County Historical Society, the American Legion, Continental and the Ottawa Eagles. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at St. Michael's Catholic Church with Father Mark Hoying officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township. There will be a scripture service at 1:45 p.m. and a rosary service at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Michael's Catholic Church or to the Putnam County Historical Society. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.