John David Johnson
(1945 - 2005)
WEST UNITY - John David Johnson, 60, of West Unity, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 16, 2005, at the Park View Nursing Center in Edgerton.
Born in Canadaguia, N.Y., to Marjorie (Shilling) and John A. Johnson, he married Sharon Rose Maier on Sept. 18, 1982, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 2002.
In 1962, while in high school, he enlisted in the Navy Reserves. He was a 1964 graduate of Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. and was called to active duty in Vietnam from 1964-1967. He maintained his Navy Reserve duties until 1969.
A member of the American Legion Post No. 669 of West Unity, the Eagles of Bryan and Montpelier, Moose Club of Montpelier and the Williams County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, he was a recipient of the prestigious James B. Kaufman Sr. Award in 2001 for his active role in being an avid conservationist.
Surviving are two sons, Richard Todd (and wife, Michelle) Johnson of Hall River, N.C. and Brian Edward Johnson of Yanceyville, N.C.; a daughter, Dawn Renee Johnson of Chapel Hill, N.C.; a granddaughter, Brittany Nicole Johnson of Yanceyville.; a grandson, Joshua Johnson of Hall River; a stepson, James Buckner of Angola, Ind.; and two stepdaughters, Mrs. Keith (Janice) Coressel of Stryker and Jackie Reichle of Bryan.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents.
Graveside services, with military rites by the American Legion Post No. 669 of West Unity, will be held Saturday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. in the old German Methodist Church of the Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity. Pastor Dennis Jones is to officiate.
Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home of West Unity is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice, The Caring Way, of Williams and Fulton Counties.
Douglas John Tracz Sr.
(1949 - 2005)
FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Douglas John Tracz Sr., 56, of Farmington Hills and formerly of Williams County, Ohio, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2005.
Born Oct. 20, 1949, he was the son of Marie and John Tracz.
He had been employed by Central Transport.
Surviving are his mother, Marie Tracz of Farmington Hills; three children, Melissa Tracz, John Tracz and Douglas Tracz Jr., all of Bryan, Ohio; two grandchildren, Paige and Kaden; and three brothers, Dave (and wife, Jill) Tracz, John (Carol) Tracz and James Tracz.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Lewis Tracz.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 11-2 p.m. followed by services in the Lewis Went and Son Funeral Home in Clarkston, Mich.
Edward G. Cini
(1950 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Edward G. Cini, 55, of Montpelier, died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at his residence of natural causes.
Born Sept. 19, 1950, at Detroit, Mich., he was the son of Georgia L. Cini and Lawrence M. Spooner. A U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam, he had owned and operated a barbershop in Alabama for five years. He then moved back into the Toledo area and continued to be a barber for a number of years. Surviving are a daughter, Jillian Cini of Georgia, and two brothers, Mike (and wife, Janice) Spooner of Pensacola, Fla. and Patrick Spooner of Bryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kelly Spooner.
No visitation or memorial services are planned at this time. Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier is handling the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
(1924 - 2005)
Robert C. Lockhart, 81, of Bryan, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at Hillside Country Living, Bryan.
Born Aug. 31, 1924, at Bryan, to Olive (Brown) and Solon Lockhart, he married Arlene M. Hasford on June 27, 1948, at Montpelier, and she survives.
A self-employed farmer, he had been employed at the ARO Corp. for 15 years. He was also the owner of the former Chip & Chisel Rock Shop. He was a member of the First Brethren Church, Bryan. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Gene (and wife, Linda) Lockhart of Bryan, and a granddaughter, Leslie Lockhart of Longmont, Colo.
Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, Hope Ann Lockhart; a grandson, Garret Lockhart; two brothers, Denver and Roger Lockhart; and two sisters, Winona McBride and Donna Ridenour.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 4-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Bryan, and Monday from 10-11 a.m. in the First Brethren Church, 13050 County Road C, Bryan.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. in the church with Pastors Sam Shultz and Fred Brandon to officiate. Burial will follow in Shiffler Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to First Brethren Church.
John David Johnson
(1945 - 2005)
WEST UNITY - John David Johnson, 60, of West Unity, died Wednesday evening, Nov. 16, 2005, at the Park View Nursing Center-Edgerton.
Graveside services have been changed from 11 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the old German Methodist Church of the Floral Grove Cemetery in West Unity.
Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home in West Unity is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary M. Smith
(1917 - 2005)
Mary M. Smith, 88, of Bryan, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at Park View Nursing Center in Edgerton.
Born Nov. 1, 1917, at DeKalb County, Ind., to Charlotte (Snell) and Daniel Burley, she was a 1935 graduate of Farmer High School.
She married Leo D. Smith on March 2, 1935, at Fort Wayne, Ind. and he preceded her in death in 2001.
A member of the Farmer United Methodist Church and the Ladies Aide, she had worked as a cook at the Farmer schools.
Surviving are three sons, Charles and Delmar (and wife, Scarlet), all of Bryan, and Leon (Vicki) of Archbold; a daughter-in-law, Donna Smith; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Maxine Page of Prescott, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Jim, Tom and Rolland; two grandchildren; two sisters, Pauline Baker and Burline Jackson; and two brothers, Ernest and Fred Burley.
Visitation will be held today from 2-9 p.m. in the Smith & Brown Funeral Home, Hicksville.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Pastors Sharon Twining and John MacFarlane to officiate. Burial will be at Farmer Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation-Williams County, the Alzheimer's Association or Farmer United Methodist Church.
Wayne J. Liechty
(1923 - 2005)
ARCHBOLD - Wayne J. Liechty, 82, of Archbold, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at the Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, where he was admitted Friday.
Born Feb. 11, 1923, near Pettisville, to Emma (Frey) and Joseph C. Liechty, he married Loveda Lederman on June 8, 1947 and she survives.
He served with Civilian Public Service during World War II and began his career working with his father in the automobile business. He served as owner and president of Liechty Farm Equipment for 60 years.
He volunteered as chaplain with Jail Ministries and was a member of the West Clinton Mennonite Church near Pettisville and the Gideons International.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Christopher (and wife, Holly) Liechty of Archbold; two daughters, Mrs. Randal (Shirlyn) Graber of Crawfordsville, Iowa, and Mrs. Neil (Ellen) Lehman of Johnstown, Pa.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Harold (Treva) Liechty and Herman Liechty, both of Archbold, and Russel (Marjorie) Liechty of Goshen, Ind.; and a sister, Lorraine Wyse of Archbold.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, his twin Wesley Liechty and Donald Liechty; and two sisters, Mary Smucker and Doris Lehman.
Visitation will be held today from 2-8 p.m. in the West Clinton Fellowship Hall.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the West Clinton Mennonite Church with Pastors James Roynon and Edward Diener to officiate. Interment will precede in the Pettisville Cemetery. Short Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Mennonite Central Committee for Hurricane Relief or Gideons International.