Harry H. Hicks Jr.
(1937 - 2005)
MONTPELIER - Harry H. Hicks Jr., 68, of Montpelier, died Friday afternoon, Dec. 9, 2005, in the emergency room of the Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Montpelier, after being stricken with an apparent heart attack in his home.
Born Oct. 12, 1937 at Montpelier, he was the son of Georgia (Haase) and Harry H. Hicks Sr. On Sept. 21, 1963, he married Barbara Jean Corwin, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 1994. A Montpelier resident most of his life, he was a 1955 graduate of Montpelier High School and had served with the United States Navy from August 1955 to October 1958.
On Dec. 1, 2002, he retired as a maintenance mechanic at Chase Brass and Copper Company, where he had been employed for 37 years. He was a life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in Montpelier and a member of the Loyal Order of Moose in Montpelier.
Surviving are two sons, Harry H. Hicks III of Camden, Mich. (Merry Lake) and Corey A. Hicks, serving as a civilian contractor in Iraq; a daughter, Dawn Klender (and Brad Balser) of West Unity; eight grandchildren; and three brothers, Norman (and wife, Diane) Hicks of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Fred (Marilyn) Hicks of Cabot, Ark. and Donald (Sheila) Hicks of Montpelier.
Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife, were his parents; and a stepfather, Kenneth Kinder.
Funeral will be Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. in the Wilson-Geesey Funeral Home, Montpelier. Graveside funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with the Rev. Robert Damschroder to officiate. In addition, Military Rites will be conducted by the Montpelier Veterans Organizations.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Sylvia P. Viers
(1912 - 2005)
ALVORDTON - Sylvia P. Viers, 93, of Alvordton, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, in her home.
The daughter of Allie May (Ferrenburg) and George Albert Eby, she was born July 7, 1912, in New Madrid, Mo. She was the widow of Andrew J. "Jack" Viers, who preceded her in death in March 1985.
A homemaker, she was a member of the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church in Fulton County. Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ledyard of Fayette; two sisters, Alberta Armstrong of Wauseon and Vera Armstrong of Morenci, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; two sons, Robert and Roger Viers; a grandson, Jerry Viers; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Clay and Teb Eby; and four sisters, Maude Butts, Verna Stoltz, Jeanette Poorman and Pauletta Johnson.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Montpelier.
Services will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church in Fulton County, with Elder Edward Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the Smith Cemetery in Fulton County. Memorials may be made to the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Gerald W. "Boog" Manley
PIONEER - Gerald W. "Boog" Manley, 75, of Pioneer, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2005, at the emergency room of Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Montpelier. Born Feb. 14, 1930, in Madison Twp., Williams County, he was the son of LaVada G. (Price) and Forrest M. Manley.
A 1948 graduate of Pioneer High School, he was the owner and operator of the former Manley's Motor Sales in Pioneer for a number of years and was a member of the North Central Athletic Boosters.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. William (Mickie) Hock of Pioneer; two sons, Michael (and wife, Tami) Manley of Little Long Lake, Mich. and Matthew L. Manley of Big Turkey Lake, Ind.; four grandchildren, Megan E Manley of Greenville, N.C., Jordan M. Manley and Addi L. Manley, both of Little Long Lake, Mich., and Samuel L. A. Manley of Big Turkey Lake, Ind.; two brothers, Maurice (Mary Ann) Manley of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Ron Manley of Findlay; and special friend, Viola Loomis of Pioneer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Manley; and a sister, Melba Brown. Private memorial services are to be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Lupus Society in care of the Thompson Funeral Home-Pioneer. Thompson Funeral Home-Pioneer is handling arrangements.
Donna M. (McLaughlin) Myers
WAUSEON - Donna M. (McLaughlin) Myers, 82, of Wauseon, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005, at Fulton County Health Center in Wauseon, following an extended illness.
Born Nov. 25, 1923, at Fulton County, to Margaret (Cameron) and Floyd McLaughlin, she married Verlin Floyd Myers on Oct. 12, 1941, at Henry County and he survives.
A cafeteria employee at Elm Street Schools, Wauseon, for 17 years, she was also employed at McCord Corp. for nine years.
A graduate of Wauseon High School, she was a member of Pettisville Missionary Church, Pettisville, and a volunteer at Fulton County Health Center for many years.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Larry (and wife, Jill) Myers of Celina, Tracy (Julie) Myers of Wauseon and Mrs. Steve (Kathy) Gruenhagen of Wauseon; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Don (Ruth) Myers of Adrian, Mich., Rachel Mittower of Chardon and Mrs. Ray (Carroll) Wells of Ridgeville Corners; and two brothers, John (Marilyn) McLaughlin of Wauseon and Marvin (Jean) McLaughlin of Bryan.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. in the Edgar-Grisier Funeral Home in Wauseon, with additional visitation one hour prior to the service Sunday in the Pettisville Missionary Church.
Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the church, with Pastor John Horning and Pastor Dave Dyck to officiate. Interment will follow in Pettisville Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Pettisville Missionary Church or the Gideons International.
James L. VanArsdalen
(1928 - 2005)
MORENCI, Mich. - James L. VanArsdalen, 77, of Morenci, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005, at Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
Born May 25, 1928, in Morenci, he was the son of Alice (Fancher) and Hugh VansArdalen. On Dec. 19, 1953, he married Wanda Dilworth, and she survives.
A farmer and brick mason for 44 years, he spent the majority of those years working for S.A. Storer and Sons in Toledo, Ohio, SAGO Construction in Edgerton, Ohio, and Crown Construction in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was a member of BAC Local 3, Lansing, and a 3rd Degree Mason of 50 years with the Hillsdale Masonic Lodge.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 52 years, are a brother, Bill (and wife, Joan) VanArsdalen of Hillsdale; a sister Iva Masters of Morenci; two daughters, Mrs. Bob (Karen) Gomez of Pettisville, Ohio, and Mrs. Greg (Jamie) Ianni of Okemos; a son, Cameron (Vicki) VanArsdalen of Bryan, Ohio; and seven grandchildren, Angie Gomez of Jackson, Mrs. Bryce (Sara) Miller of Bowling Green, Ohio, Allison and Anthony Ianni of Okemos, and Amy, Kyle and David VanArsdalen of Bryan.
Visitation will be today from noon to 1 p.m. in the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci.
Funeral services will be today at 1 p.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor William VanValkenburg officiating. Interment will be in Canandaigua Cemetery in Medina Township.
Memorials may be made to Lynwood Manor in Adrian.
Pauline Lydia Williams
(1911 - 2005)
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - Pauline Lydia Williams, 94, of Portsmouth, R.I. and formerly of Claremore, Okla. and Edgerton, Ohio, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2005, at the Saint Clare Home, Newport.
Born Feb. 15, 1911, at Edgerton, Ohio, she was the daughter of Lydia (Krill) and Charles Henry Lehman.
A 1933 graduate of Ohio State University with a degree in Home Economics, she taught in the public schools before becoming an agent of the Home Extension program in the northwestern part of Ohio. She developed local 4-H Clubs, encouraging teenagers in family food preparation and preservation.
As a homemaker, she was involved in many church programs.
Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Lester (Phyllis) Bloom of Portsmouth and Peggy Williams of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandchildren, Mrs. Gordon (Laura) Wallace of Wakefield, R.I. and Gregory (and wife, Jennifer) Bloom of Portsmouth, R.I.; four great-grandchildren, Abbey, Sarah, Jacob and Molly Bloom; and a brother, Ralph Lehman of Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lester Lehman.
L. Joan Gunn
(1921 - 2005)
WEST UNITY - L. Joan Gunn, 84, of West Unity, died Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, at Harborside Healthcare of Northwest Ohio-Bryan.
Born in Sherwood on April 26, 1921, to Myrtle (Luce) and Evert A. Gier, she married Orville W. Gunn on Aug. 17, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2004.
A 1939 graduate of Edon High School and a graduate of the Warner's Beauty College of Toledo, she was a member of the West Franklin United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the Lillian Chapter 41 Order of the Eastern Star of Montpelier for 55 years, and the Carnation Literary Club of West Unity.
Surviving are a son, Jim (and wife, Ann) Gunn of Loveland; a daughter, Mrs. Gary (Charlotte) Smith of West Unity; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a son-in-law, Vernon Jones of Troy, Mich.
Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were her parents; a daughter, Sharon Jones in April 2004; three brothers, Lowell, Harold and Hayes Gier; and three sisters, Geneva Swan, Doris Drill and Harriet Kannel.
Visitation will be Monday from 3-8 p.m. at the Hollingshead-Beck Funeral Home in West Unity. Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with Pastor Mike Raypholtz officiating. Burial will follow in the West Franklin Cemetery in Fulton County.
Memorials may be made to the West Franklin United Methodist Church building fund.