Longtime Bryan attorney Arthur "Art" Newcomer, 87, died Tuesday evening at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan.
Arrangements are pending at Burr Funeral Home & Crematory of Bryan.
Bertin DuWayne Cunningham
(1924 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Burton DuWayne Cunningham, 80, of Jefferson Township, rural Montpelier, died Monday evening, Jan. 3, 2005, at Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan, following a lingering illness.
Born Aug. 7, 1924, near Montpelier, to Carrie Estella (Lewis) and Bertin Clyde Cunningham, he was a lifelong area resident.
A retired farmer, he also had formerly been employed at various Williams County industries including ARO Corporation and Spangler Candy Company, both of Bryan.
Surviving are a niece, Mrs. Edward (Charlene) Bigger of Edon; a nephew, C. Eugene (and wife, Carolyn) Dargitz of Edon; two grandnieces; two grandnephews; and several great-grandnephews and great-grandnieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarah Maxine Dargitz in 2003; and a brother, Kenneth Victor Cunningham who died in 1944 during battle in the South Pacific during World War II. Visitation will be held Thursday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier. Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with Pastor John H. Crilley to officiate.
Memorials may be made to The Activity Fund at Park View Nursing Home, Edgerton.
-Lucille A. Fisher
(1922 - 2005)
ARCHBOLD - Lucille A. Fisher, 82, of Archbold, died Monday night, Jan. 3, 2005, at her home, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Sept. 6, 1922, at Delta, she was the daughter of Edith (Williams) and Albert Vondran. A resident of the Pettisville/Archbold area since 1968, she worked at the former Pet Milk Co. in Delta, as a custodian at the Swanton schools, as a cashier at Swanton SuperValu and retired from Sauder Woodworking Co. in Archbold in 1991 after 19 years working there. She was a member of the First Church of Christ near Archbold.
She is survived by three sons, Ricky (and wife, Patricia) Fisher of Pettisville, Paul (Diana) Fisher of Archbold and Albert Fisher of Stryker; three daughters, Marilyn Surowiec of Wauseon, Mrs. Dave (Cheryl) Ray of Delta and Mrs. Roland (Karen) Jones of Archbold; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Mrs. Lewis (Donna Mae) Vollmar of Neapolis and Rheadia Sindle of Delta.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-9 p.m. at the Short Funeral Home in Archbold.
Services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the First Church of Christ with Minister Rick Green to officiate. Interment will follow in the Archbold Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Church of Christ.
Helen M. (Huffman) Sommer
SANDUSKY - Memorial services for Helen M. (Huffman) Sommer, 96, of Sandusky and formerly of Bryan and Defiance, who died on Dec. 20, 2004, will be conducted on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 265 Jackson St., Sandusky.
Groff Funeral Home, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, is in charge of arrangements.
Charles F. James
Charles F. James, 83, of Bryan, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. Born June 6, 1921, at Wells County, Ind., to Lula B. (Crum) and Harry C. James, he married Betty Lois Stetzel on May 26, 1940, and she survives.
Retired from A.S. Mignery, he was a Navy World War II veteran. He was a member of the First Church of Christ in Bryan, the American Legion of Edgerton, AMVETS Post 54, DAV Chapter OH83 and the Williams County SheriffŐs Posse. He had also served as a deputy sheriff from 1960-1970.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four daughters, Wanda Hilton of Bryan, Charlene Karnes of Edgerton, Mrs. Rollin (Donna) Nafziger of Archbold and Mrs. Bernard (Patricia) Adams of Indianapolis; a son, Ted (and wife, Kathy) James of Bryan; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a brother, Harry (Esther) James Jr. of Columbia City, Ind.; and a sister-in-law, Doris James of Columbia City.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Mary Ellen Short; a brother, Don James; and two grandchildren, Tyrone James and Tasha Karnes.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the funeral service in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Larry Snavely to officiate. Burial will follow at Shiffler Cemetery, Pulaski.
Memorials may be made to First Church of Christ of Bryan or to the donor's choice.
Helen V. Bott
CKSVILLE - Helen V. Bott, 93, of Hicksville and formerly of Defiance, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2005, at Community Memorial Hospital, Hicksville.
Born Feb. 28, 1911, in Defiance County, to Samantha (Venis) and Homer Walters, she married Isadore P. Bott in 1930 and he preceded her in death in 1984.
A homemaker, she was a member of St. John Catholic Church in Defiance and St. Michael's Catholic Church, Hicksville. She was a member of the Rosary Altar Society at both churches.
Surviving are a son, Raymond L. Bott of Defiance; two daughters, Mrs. John (Catherine) Meyer of Antwerp and Mrs. Robert (Alice) Breidenbaugh of Hicksville; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; 32 stepgreat-grandchildren; and 16 stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Clarence Bott; a great-grandchild; a stepgreat-grandchild; a stepgreat-great-grandchild; two brothers, Don and Burt Walters; and a sister, Edna Moore.
Visitation will be held today from 2-9 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home in Defiance. A vigil service will be held at 7 p.m.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at noon in St. John Catholic Church, Defiance, with Fr. Thomas Oedy to officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Memory Gardens, Defiance County.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Society or Osteoporosis Foundation.
Benjamin D. Skeens
OCALA, Fla. - Benjamin D. Skeens, 75, of Ocala, Fla., died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Legacy Hospice in Ocala.
Born July 29, 1929, at Kenova, W. Va., to Lucille (Hurt) and Henry Edward Skeens, he married Joanne Y. Humbarger on Dec. 31, 1980, and she survives in Ocala.
An Army veteran, having served during the Korean War, he retired from being an auto mechanic in 1992.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are eight daughters, Mrs. Ed (Sue) Kimpel of Edgerton, Ohio, Mrs. Tom (Nancy) Vrell of Lagrange, Ind., Mrs. Paul (Pam) Fry of Edon, Ohio, Ann Moore of West Unity, Ohio, Mrs. Dan (Sherri) Lautermilch of Exeter, Calif., Kyra Humbarger of Waller, Texas, Tonya Hughes of Orange Park, Fla. and Beth Roberts of Jacksonville, Fla.; 19 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Charles (and wife, Wanda) Skeens of Kenova, W. Va., Bobby (Sharon) Skeens and Herbert Skeens both of Hamilton, Ind.; and four sisters, Patricia McKnight of Hamilton, Mrs. Doug (Lola) Musser of Angola, Ind., Mrs. Steve (Linda) Best of Edon and Mrs. Rex (Tammy) Nixon of South Point, Ohio.
Preceding him in death were his parents and his stepmother, Rhoda Mae Skeens.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory, Bryan, Ohio.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow at Riverview Memory Gardens of Defiance, Ohio.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Legacy Hospice.