Michael G. Gary
(1945 - 2004)
PIONEER - Michael G. Gary, 59, of Pioneer, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2004, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Montpelier.
Born Feb. 14, 1945, at Hillsdale, Mich., to Maude (Van Nyuse) and Claude Gary, he married Connie J. Anson on Sept. 3, 1993, at Pioneer, and she survives.
A Pioneer resident for most of his life, he had graduated from Reading High School, Reading, Mich., in 1963.
He was a shipping clerk at N&N Metal Stamping and Prestol, Inc. since 1966.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Chris Gary of Lansing, Mich. and Duane Gary of Waldron, Mich.; three stepchildren, Mrs. Jed (Ivy) Gaulin of Cincinnati, Mrs. Dave (Kerrie Jo) Kessinger of Archbold and Mrs. Randy (Vicky) Macey of Jonesville, Mich.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brohers, Martin Gary of Texas and Wendell Gary of Fort Wayne, Ind.; and three sisters, Mrs. John (Karen) Throop of Hillsdale, Mich. and Mrs. Tim (Cinde) VanCamp of Quincy, Mich.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Leslie "Bub" Barker; a brother, Dougie Taylor; and two sisters, Norma Gary and Hazel Brink.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home-Pioneer. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Don Harris to officiate. Interment will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Lee R. Mocherman
(1911 - 2004)
Lee R. Mocherman, 93, of Bryan, died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan, where he had been a resident.
Born Sept. 14, 1911, at Pioneer, he was the son of Margery (Neer) and Orville Mocherman Sr. A farmer, he had spent his adult life serving the Lord.
He is survived by a brother, Orville Mocherman Jr. of Rock Hill, S.C.
Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers, Howard, Franklin and Richard Mocherman; and a sister, Francis Young.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Fountain Grove Cemetery with Burr Funeral Home and Crematory in charge of the service.
Lester L. Mick
(1919 - 2004)
OAK LAWN, ILL. - Lester L. Mick, 85, of Oak Lawn and a former Montpelier, Ohio resident, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004, in an Oak Lawn care center following an illness.
Born Sept. 21, 1919, in Montpelier to Imo Lulu (Gaskill) and Seldon Lloyd Mick, he married Ruth DeGroff of Bryan on Jan. 22, 1948 and she preceded him in death on Dec. 26, 2003.
A U.S. Army veteran, he had attended Montpelier High School. He had been an Oak Lawn area resident for most of his adult life and retired in 1985 from the maintenance department of Griffith Laboratories in Alsip where he had been employed for over 30 years.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Mary) Walsh of Countryside and Mrs. Jon (Melissa) Szekely of Crest Hill; four grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; three brothers, Larry (and wife, Mary Lou) Mick of Fayette, Ohio, Tom (Susan) Mick of Montpelier and Richard (Linda) Mick of Tucson, Ariz.; and three sisters, Mrs. Denver (Dolly Mae) Crist of Bryan, Ohio, and Mrs. Gail (Joan) Gordon and Shirley McGee, both of Montpelier.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Charles, James, Roger, Lewis and Harold Mick; and two sisters, Jeanette Lamb and Dora Jane Hepker.
Visitation will be held Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Robert Damschroder to officiate. Burial will be in Floral Grove Cemetery, West Unity.
Memorials may be made to the AlzheimerÕs Association of Northwest Ohio.
Jean S. Fortner
(1916 - 2004)
Jean S. Fortner, 88, formerly of Lake Seneca, died early Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at the Ohio VeteranÕs Home in Sandusky where she had been a resident for several years.
A veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II, she was a chemist by occupation.
Born Emogene Scudder on May 25, 1916, at Dewey, Okla., she was the daughter of Jennie (Clark) and George Hampton Scudder.
Surviving are her sons, Brand Fortner of Clarksville, Md. and Gordon Fortner of Bend, Ore.; daughters, Denise Linn of Paos Robles, Calif. and Heather Fortner of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren, Neil Fortner, Paula Fortner, Glen Fortner and Meadow Linn; and a sister, Galela Pisarra of Tulsa, Okla.
Mrs. Fortner requested her body be donated to the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home-Bryan is in charge of the arrangements.
Orville W. Gunn
(1918 - 2004)
WEST UNITY -Orville William Gunn, 86, of West Unity, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2004, at the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan.
Born at the family homestead in West Unity on Jan. 22, 1918, to Alice (Rice) and James Orville Gunn, he married Joan Gier on Aug. 17, 1940, and she survives and resides on the family homestead.
A West Unity High School graduate, he attended Bowling Green State University and became a self-employed farmer. He was a member of the Brady Grange, the F&AM Superior Lodge No. 179 of West Unity for 65 years, and the West Franklin Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by a son, Jim (and wife, Ann) Gunn of Loveland; a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Charlotte) Smith of West Unity; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Vernon Jones of Troy, Mich.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Sharon Jones in April of 2004; and his sister, Viola Neefe.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home in West Unity.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Mike Raypholtz to officiate. Burial will be in the West Franklin Cemetery of rural West Unity.
Memorials may be made to the West Franklin Methodist Church Building Fund.
Gerald M. "Jerry" Weis
DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. - Gerald Melvin "Jerry" Weis, of Deleon Springs, Fla. and formerly of Montpelier, Ohio, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2004, due to serious illnesses.
A standard-bred harness horseman throughout his life, in the last five years, he had become involved with the Spring Garden Ranch Training Center in Deleon Springs but, as his health began to fail, had become a bystander watching the horses train.
He and his wife were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Debary.
Surviving are his wife, Sandy; a son, Aaron; a stepdaughter, Cade; his father, Melvin Weis; his mother, Judi Weis; sisters, Pamela Duprey and ChrisAnn Miller; a brother, Scott Weis; granddaughter, Emma; grandmothers, Gladys Weis and Virginia Phillips; nephews, Ethan, Braden and Logan; nieces, Briana, Ashtin and Lindsee.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Edon, Ohio. Donations may be made to the National Organ Transport Foundation, 1501 Ridge Wood Ave., Suite 203B Holly Hill, Fla. 32117.