Harlan Fred Birkhold
(1924 - 2005)
PAYNE - Harlan Fred Birkhold, 81, of Payne, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Born Oct. 20, 1924, in Payne, to Mae (Franks) and Oscar Birkhold, he married Bonnie L. Frye on July 21, 1953, and she survives.
A U.S. Army veteran, serving during World War II, he was awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars.
He retired as a quality control inspector for Phelps Dodge of Fort Wayne after 38 years of employment.
He was a life member of V.F.W. Post No. 5087 of Antwerp and the American Legion Post No. 297 of Payne.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Max (Cathy) Moss of Harland, Ind.; three sons, Fred (and wife, Kim) Birkhold of Bryan, David (Vickie) Birkhold of Montpelier and Van Birkhold of Fort Wayne; a brother, Gerald (Margaret) Birkhold of Defiance; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Leroy Birkhold; and an infant sister, Marie Birkhold.
Visitation will be held today from 4-8 p.m. in the Slade-Den Herder Funeral Home, Payne, and Wednesday from 10-11 a.m. in the St. James Lutheran Church, Payne.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastor Joseph Allen to officiate. Burial will be in Lehman Cemetery, Payne, with military graveside services. Memorials may be made to the church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Stephen J. Buckmaster
(1957 - 2005)
NAPOLEON - Stephen Joseph "Bucky" Buckmaster, 48, of Napoleon, died Monday morning, Nov. 21, 2005, at his residence.
Born Feb. 12, 1957, at Napoleon, he was the son of Jan C. (Gunter) and Bruce F. Buckmaster. He first married Kim (Fackler) Buckmaster and she survives in Defiance. His second marriage was to Ruth (Birtcher) Keys and she survives in Defiance. His third marriage was to Patricia J. (Mack) Buckmaster and she survives in Holgate.
A graduate of Napoleon High School, he was employed at Campbell's Soup Company of Napoleon, where he had worked for 21 years. He was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon. Surviving are his parents, Jan and Bruce Buckmaster of Napoleon; his significant other, Barbara Whitford of Napoleon; two daughters, Mrs. Shawn (Shaunda M.) Ford of Napoleon and Tiffany A. Buckmaster of New Bavaria; a son, Gaven J. Buckmaster of Holgate; two grandchildren, Aadon Ford and Ashton Thome; two brothers, David Max (Lori) Buckmaster of Waterville and Joe L. Buckmaster of Columbus; and two sisters, Peggy Jo Buckmaster and Candy Sue Retcher, both of Napoleon.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Walker Mortuary. A Wake Service will be held Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. in the St. Augustine Catholic Church, Napoleon, with Father Daniel E. Borgelt, celebrant. Interment will be made in Glenwood Cemetery, Napoleon. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to a charity of the donor's choice.
(1911 - 2005)
KUNKLE - Lois Geneva Whetro, 94, of Kunkle, died early Monday morning, Nov. 21, 2005, at the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Bryan. She had been a resident of Evergreen Manor Nursing Home for three months.
Born March 3, 1911, in Millcreek Township, Alvordton, She was the daughter of Vaye (Bricker) and Jerry Zolman. Her mother died when she was 12 and she was raised by her father and Grandma Bricker.
A 1929 graduate of Kunkle High School, she married George Whetro on Jan. 18, 1930 and he preceded her in death in 1989.
She was a member of Kunkle United Brethren Church since 1959.
Surviving are nephews, Ronald ( and wife, Jacquelyn) Whetro, Terry Whetro, Dennis (Kay) Whetro and Marlin (Barbara) Croninger; nieces, Delena Detwiler and Donna Keck; and many great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. in the Kunkle United Brethren Church. Services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Devon Strine to officiate. Interment will follow at Floral Grove Cemetery in Pioneer. The Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Kunkle United Brethren Church.
Hazel Virginia Baxter
(1915 - 2005)
DEFIANCE - Hazel Virginia Baxter, 90, of Defiance, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
Born Jan. 13, 1915, at Dunkirk, to Pearl M. (Kuszmaul) and Charles A. Hardy, she married James G. Baxter in 1968 and he preceded her in death in 1973.
She was employed at All Star Products, retiring after 38 years, and was a member of the Defiance Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are two stepsons, Charles (and wife, Glema) Baxter of Paulding and Rex (Cindy) Baxter of Sherwood; eight stepgrandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; a stepson-in-law, Melvin Rohrs of Sherwood; and a brother, Donald Hardy of Holgate.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; a stepdaughter, Ann Rohrs; sisters, Emeline Link, Edna Miller and Clara Rettig; and brothers, Ralph, Andrew, Roy, Delmar, Lewis, Walter and Charles Hardy.
Visitation will be held today from 2-8 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance, and Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. in the Defiance Church of the Brethren.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Gene Yenser to officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Defiance County or the church.
Richard J. Pietrykowski
(1928 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Richard J. Pietrykowski, 77, of Montpelier, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at Harborside Healthcare Northwestern Ohio-Bryan.
Born Nov. 25, 1928, in Toledo, to Hattie (Antoszewski) and Charles Pietrykowski, he married Pauline A. Scott on Oct. 30, 1954, in Temperance, Mich. and she survives.
Retired from Local 50 Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union of Toledo after 19 years of service, he had previously worked at Railway Express as a mechanic in Toledo.
A U.S. Army veteran, having served in Korea, he was a member of St. Clements Church in Toledo. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Dwight (Pamela) Williamson of Edon; a son, Troy Pietrykowski of Montpelier; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Irene Kujawa of Maumee and Mary Ann Penny of Walbridge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and a brother.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home-Montpelier.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with Father Charles Ritter to officiate. Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery with graveside military rites.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Floyd E. Buff
(1922 - 2005)
DEFIANCE - Floyd E. Buff, 83, of Defiance, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005, at the Defiance Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 18, 1922, in Continental, to Minnie (Schultz) and Jacob Buff Sr., he married Virginia M. Linebrink on Feb. 19, 1949 and she survives.
Employed at Campbell Soup Co., Napoleon, in the maintenance dept. for 31 years, he retired in 1988.
A member of the Evansport Fox Club, he was a life member of the Defiance Eagles and also of VFW Post 3360. He was an Army veteran having served in Korea.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rick Buff of Bryan; a daughter, Mrs. James (Sue) Kehnast of Defiance; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth Airth of Bend, Ore., Elnora Johnson of Perrysburg and Agnes Buff of Continental.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Edna Bauer; and brothers, Lester, twin brother Lloyd, Jacob Jr., Alvin and Earl Buff.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-9 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman Funeral Home, Defiance. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Mark Pitman to officiate. Burial will be in Evansport Cemetery with graveside rites to be performed by VFW Post 3360.
Memorials may be made to Hospice or to the donor's choice.