(1948 - 2006)
Robert Paxton, 58, formerly of Bryan, died Monday, May 15, 2006, at Autumn Court Nursing Home, Ottawa.
Born Feb. 24, 1948, and raised on a farm near Bryan, he was the youngest of 10 children born to Ola (Stotz) and Raymond Paxton.
He graduated from Bryan High School in 1966 with honors and won a scholarship to Michigan State University. In 1968, he left school to join the United States Navy. He received an honorable discharge in 1974 and then entered the Loyola University in Louisiana where he received a degree in criminology.
Surviving are three brothers, Wilbur "Bud" Paxton of Bryan, Raymond Paxton of Coldwater, Mich. and James Paxton of Edgerton; four sisters, Evelyn Klopfenstein of Hillsboro, Irene Lane of Bowling Green, Shirley Cottrell of Holly Springs, Miss. and Judith Carr of Bloomdale; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Richard and Harold Paxton. Visitation will be held Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Burr Funeral Home and Crematory, Bryan. Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. R. L. 'Rick' Barnett to officiate. Interment will follow at the Fountain Grove Cemetery, Bryan, with graveside military rites provided by the Bryan American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Clara Theresa Dockett
(1925 - 2006)
Clara Theresa Dockett, 80, of Bryan, died Monday evening, May 15, 2006, at her residence, following a lengthy illness.
Born Aug. 17, 1925, at Ebbendorf, Germany, to Elizabeth Magdalena (Konerding) and William Carl Bellmann, she married Bernard Peter Wagner Sr. in 1950. She was later married to James Dockett.
A press operator for Bryan Custom Plastics for 29 years, she was also a secretary for Edgerton Auto Salvage for 19 years.
She was a member of Restoration Fellowship Church in Williams Center.
Surviving are four sons, Carl W. (and wife, Linda) Bellmann of Edgerton, Bernard Peter (Jennifer) Wagner, Phillip Paul (Sandy) Wagner and Robert Joseph (Amy) Wagner, all of Bryan; three grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Mary Ordway of Continental, Elizabeth Crobit of Findlay and Juanita Tonkel of Osseo, Mich.; two brothers, Bernard Bellmann of Delphos and William Bellmann of Cloverdale; and a stepsister, Honnalore Verhoff of Ottawa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Matilda Cleenput; and a brother, John Bellmann.
Memorial services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Restoration Fellowship Church, 10643 County Road A, Bryan, with Pastor James Adams to officiate. Interment will follow in Brown Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Krill Funeral Service.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers-Hospice Care or to the church.
(1929 - 2006)
HICKSVILLE - Paul Lautermilch, 77, of rural Hicksville, died Sunday, May 14, 2006, in the emergency room of Hicksville Community Hospital.
Born Jan. 21, 1929, in Hillsdale County, Mich., to Delphos Harriet (Merrifield) and Glenn Lautermilch, he married Vanda R. Phillips on Oct. 30, 1954, and she preceded him in death on July 18, 2004. A U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, he served in the Combat Engineers and was a farm implement mechanic.
Surviving are four sons, Jim Lautermilch of Lima, Glen (and wife, Deb) Lautermilch of Bryan, Gus (Debra) Lautermilch of West Unity and Dan (Sherri) Lautermilch of Exeter, Calif.; two daughters, Judy Martinez of Hicksville and Rachel Fenter of Defiance; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marion (Audrey) Lautermilch of Montpelier and Junior Lautermilch of Bryan; and sisters, Hazel Dietrich of Bryan, Mrs. Andy (Alice) Zoll of Defiance and Mildred Root of Quincy, Mich. Preceding him in death, in addition to his wife, were his parents; a brother, Louie Lautermilch; and sisters, Opal Brown and Grace Davis.
Visitation will be held Thursday from 2-8 p.m. in the Oberlin-Ford Funeral Home-Bryan. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will follow in Brown Cemetery, Bryan with graveside military rites by the Bryan American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.
Darriel Dean Suffel
(1917 - 2006)
Darriel Dean Suffel, 89, of Bryan, died Saturday afternoon, May 13, 2006, at Harborside Healthcare of Northwestern Ohio-Bryan, following a lingering illness.
Born Jan. 14, 1917, near Montpelier, to Zelma (Johnston) and Jesse W. Suffel, he married Mildred Hicks and she preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 2002.
A long-time Bryan resident, he was a 1938 graduate of Montpelier High School.
He retired as an electronic painter from Bard Manufacturing Company in 1981 where he had been employed for 36 years.
A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in Africa with the 39th Engineers, he was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2489 in Bryan.
Surviving are two stepdaughters, Mrs. Douglas (Marsha) Depew of Hendersonville, Tenn. and Nancy M. Nelson of Sturgis, Mich.; and local caregivers of many years, Mrs. Michael (Joyce) Akers of Bryan, Mrs. Rodney (Jada) Carlisle of Bryan and Donald (and wife, Wendy) Rex of Ney.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a stepson, Charley F. Hicks; a sister, Ruby Suffel; and brothers, Lester L. Suffel and Harold L. Suffel.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, with Ted Mathes to officiate. Military funeral rites will be conducted by Bryan Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2489.
Memorials may be made to Hospice, The Caring Way, of Williams and Fulton Counties.
Ruth Helen Clifton-Gfeller
(1918 - 2006)
CORUNNA, Ind. - Ruth Helen Clifton-Gfeller, 87, of Corunna, died Friday, May 12, 2006, in her home, following a brief illness.
Born Sept. 2, 1918, at Hillsdale, Mich., to Eliza A. (VanOrsdale) and Fred Wilcox, she married Donald D. Clifton Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1967. She then married Frank Purchis who preceded her in death in 1992. She married Frank Gfeller on June 24, 1993, at Auburn, Ind., and he survives. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Donald D. Clifton of Butler; three grandchildren, Tammy Lisa Clifton of Butler, Dawn Marie Hankey of Auburn and Odin Edward Clifton of Butler; 10 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; a grandson, Donald D. "Dewey" Clifton III; two brothers and a sister.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton.
Services will be held Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home with Brother Denzel Short and Brother Greg Shipe to officiate. Interment will be in Jonesville, Mich.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Michael G. Easler
STRYKER - Michael G. Easler, 57, of Stryker, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2007, at his home.
Born Dec. 3, 1949, he was the son of Ethel (Rudolph) and Glen Easler.
Surviving is a son, John Wityk of Butler, Ind.; and two brothers, Robert Easler of Toledo and Terry Easler of Crystal Lake, Ill.
Arrangements are pending at Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Virginia M. Kent
(1918 - 2007)
DEFIANCE - Virginia M. Kent, 88, of Defiance, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Mercy Hospital of Defiance.
Born Sept. 23, 1918, at Defiance, to Bertha (Davis) and Alford Raynor, she married Daniel O. Kent in 1941 and he preceded her in death in 1960. She later married Richard Henrich in 1973 and he preceded her in death in 1982.
A 1936 graduate of Defiance High School, she had been a purchasing agent at All Star Products for many years.
She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and a Past Matron of Eastern Star. Surviving are two daughters, Susan (and husband, Ron) McDowell of Defiance and Pamela A. (Bob) Rathbun of Delta; a son, Thomas (and wife, Karen) Kent of Defiance; four stepsons, Kent Henrich, Brent (Kay) Henrich, Craig Henrich and Neal (Diane) Henrich; seven stepgrandchildren, six stepgreat-grandchildren and 13 stepgreat-great-grandchilden.
In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Floyd Raynor. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. in the Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home and Thursday from 10-11 a.m. in St. Paul United Methodist Church, Defiance.
Funeral services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the church with the Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson to officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance.
Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.