Gerald H. Fischbach
Gerald H. Fischbach, 90, of Ottoville died 6:40 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2017 at Lima Memorial Health System. He was born August 26, 1926 in Ottoville to the late Peter and Verona (Becker) Fischbach. On September 25, 1954 he married Martha Schlagbaum, who survives.
Also surviving are his children: Jane (Michael) Moening of Ottawa, Michael (Karen) Fischbach of Westerville, David Fischbach of Ottoville, Ginny (Mary Smith) Fischbach of Davisburg, MI and John (Gina) Fischbach of Lima; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way; a brother: James Fischbach of Pandora and a sister-in-law: Sharon Fischbach of Ottoville.
Gerald is preceded in death by 2 brothers: Eugene Fischbach and Victor Fischbach; an infant sister: Alice Fischbach; 2 sisters-in-law: Delores Fischbach and Mary Rita Fischbach; and 2 grandsons: Aaron Fischbach and SSG Sonny Zimmerman.
Gerald was a retired rural letter carrier for the US Postal Service and was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Ottoville. He was a Sergeant in the Army during the Korean Conflict serving from 1950 to 1952. While there he served as a teletype operator in the Signal Corp. Gerald was a life member of the Ottoville VFW and was a member of the National Rural Letter Carrier Association.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Very Reverend Jerome Schetter officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Immaculate Conception Window Restoration Fund. Condolences may be expressed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frances M. Linn
Frances M. Linn, 95, of Ottoville, formerly of Convoy, Ohio, died at 11:10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, at the Meadows of Kalida
She was born May 25, 1921, in Buckland, Ohio, to the late Emma (Flarida) Hotzapple and Abraham Hotzapple.
Her husband, John Darl Linn, preceded her in death.
Survivors include children, Suzanne (Rick) Thatcher of Ottoville, Linda (Steve) Thomas of Howard, Ohio, Kathleen (Steve “Ferds”) McPherson of Bluffton, Ohio, Bruce (Cindy Pierce) Linn of Ottoville, 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, John Roy Linn, her brothers, Carl, Frank and John Hotzapple, and a sister, Ethyl Eddinger.
She was formerly a cook at Webb’s Filling Station and later at Crestview Schools. She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Convoy. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and baking goodies for her family and friends, gardening, fishing and spending summers at the cabin when her children were growing up.
Service will be held at the convenience of the family. No visitation is planned.
Preferred memorial is Putnam County Homecare and Hospice.
Arrangements were handled by Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory.
Condolences may be expressed at: www.alspachgearhart.com.
Randy L. Bullinger
Randy L. Bullinger, 60, of rural Van Wert, died at 12:46 p.m., Sunday at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
He was born on December 28, 1956, in Lima, the son of the late Robert S. and Lois (Saxton) Bullinger. On October 3, 1975, he married the former Karen McOmber who survives.
Other family members include a son, Jason (Ehmie) Bullinger of Iwakuni, Japan; a daughter, April Bullinger of Columbus; and two grandchildren, Kelsey and Dylan Bullinger.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Rosalie Brinkman.
Randy was a 1975 graduate of Ottoville High School. He was a member of Convoy Untied Methodist and the church bowling team. He had worked at Haviland Drainage Products for 27 years.
Services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, January 13, 2017, at Convoy United Methodist Church with Pastor Melissa Steinecker officiating. Interment will follow at Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Calling hours are 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m., Thursday and one hour prior to services Friday all at Convoy United Methodist Church.
Preferred memorials are to the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center, or the Convoy United Methodist Church Sound System Fund or Elevator Fund.
Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com.