Fred E. Fritz
KENDALLVILLE, Ind. - Fred E. Fritz, 89, of Kendallville and formerly a long-time resident of Edgerton, Ohio, died Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at Kendallville Manor in Kendallville, where he was a resident.
Born May 17, 1918, at Farmer Township, Defiance County, to Inez L. (Beattie) and Fred E. Fritz, he married Flossie M. Deal on Jan. 18, 1941, at Edgerton, and she survives.
Formerly a lineman for Toledo Edison, he then became the light and water superintendent for the Village of Edgerton, retiring in 1980 with 24 years of service.
He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Navy, and was a life member of John D. Smith Post No. 10 of the American Legion in Edgerton.
He was also a member of the Edgerton Masonic Lodge No. 357 and Wolcottville First Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Patricia (and husband, Ashford) Smith of LaGrange, Lynette (Ron) Davis of Jacksonville, Fla., and Karen Louise Fritz of Kendallville; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a sister, Myra Mowry of Bonita Springs, Fla. He was preceded in death by five sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in the Krill Funeral Home, Edgerton.
Services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Pastor Keith Perry to officiate.
Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton, with graveside military rites conducted by John D. Smith Post No. 10 of the American Legion.
Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or to the Wolcottville First Baptist Church.
Kenneth 'Ken' Lee Humphrey
WEST UNITY - Kenneth "Ken" Lee Humphrey, 31, of West Unity, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2007.
Born Aug. 27, 1976, at Lexington, Ky., to Jeanette (Doll) Elsasser and Wayne Humphrey, he married April D. Strine on April 29, 2000, and she survives.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Samantha Jo and Amber Lee Humphrey of West Unity; his father, Wayne Humphrey of Bluffton, Ind.; his mother, Jeanette (Doll) Elsasser of Kenton; a grandmother, Martha Humphrey of Bluffton; two brothers, Mike and Derrick Humphrey, both of Bluffton; a sister, Amy Badertscher of Kenton; and his wife's family, Devon and Kathy Strine, Sean (and wife, Kelly), Heath and Cory Strine, all of Kunkle.
Visitation will be Saturday from noon until 2 p.m. in the Park United Brethren Church, Bluffton. The memorial service will be Saturday at 2 p.m. in the church with father-in-law, Pastor Devon Strine to officiate. There will be no burial service.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Arrangements are by Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler Funeral Home, Bluffton.
Chelsey Laine Grisier
ARCHBOLD - Chelsey Laine Grisier, 20, of Archbold, passed away in her home, Tuesday evening, December 18, 2007, after a hard-fought battle with brain cancer over the last year and a half. Prior to her illness, Chelsey had been a Music Education Major at the University of Toledo, where she had played saxophone in the "Rocket Marching Band." During high school she had worked at the Archbold Super Valu.
Chelsey was born in Wauseon, Ohio on May 10, 1987, the daughter of Todd and Sabrina (Raker) Grisier. In April of this year she became engaged to Jonathon Shumaker, who has remained by her side throughout her battle with cancer. She was a 2005 graduate of the Archbold High School. Chelsey was a member of the Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church. Chelsey touched many lives with her warm and caring personality and her very strong Christian faith, and will be sadly missed by those that had the pleasure of knowing her.
Surviving, besides her parents Todd and Sabrina Grisier of Archbold, is one brother Christian T. Grisier of Bowling Green, Ohio; her fiancˇ, Jonathon Shumaker of Pettisville; paternal grandparents Fred and Helen Grisier of Stryker; maternal grandparents Dick and Shirley Raker of Coldwater, Mich.; aunts and uncles Heidi and John Kern of Delta, Marc and Deb Grisier of Toledo, Eric and Gwen Grisier of Archbold, Scott and Cheryl Grisier of Wauseon; and cousins Amelia and Jessica Kern, Grant, Cole, Emily, Adam, Colin and Luke Grisier.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at the Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, 300 Park St., Archbold, OH 43502 with Pastor Stuart Rex and Pastor Brad Bame, officiating. Interment will follow in the Archbold Cemetery. Friends may call in the narthex of the church on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and on Friday from 2-8 p.m. The family requests that memorial contributions be given to the Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church, the Chelsey L. Grisier Memorial Music Scholarship Fund, or Hospice of Williams and Fulton Counties. Grisier Funeral Home in Archbold is in charge of arrangements.
Michael G. Fidler Jr.
MONTPELIER - Michael G. Fidler Jr., 32, of Montpelier, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007, at his residence.
Born Jan. 2, 1975, at Morenci, Mich., to Laura (McLouth) and Michael G. Fidler Sr., he married Tabatha L. Brewster on May 1, 1999, at Pioneer, and she survives.
A 1993 graduate of North Central High School, he then attended Tri-State University and graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in business and management.
He worked as a quality engineer at Metaldyne, based in Niles, Ill.
Playing in summer softball leagues for Lima Legion and Montpelier Eagles, he played in more than 200 games this past summer.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brenden M. Fidler of Montpelier; his father, Michael (and wife, Carol) Fidler Sr. of Hillsdale, Mich.; his mother, Laura (and husband, Scot) Burcham of Pioneer; three brothers, Joe (Kristin) Fidler of West Jefferson, Chris (Doonie) Fidler of West Unity and Ryan Stuck of West Jefferson; a sister, Andrea Fidler of Hillsdale; and paternal grandmother, Norma Fidler of Waldron, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, James L. Fidler, and maternal grandparents, Genevieve and Fauril McLouth.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2-8 p.m. in the Thompson Funeral Home, Pioneer.
Funeral services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the North Central Varsity Gymnasium with Nelson Rupp to officiate. Interment will be at Teeters Cemetery, Fremont, Ind.
Memorials may be made to the family.
Charles R. Dangler
(1919 - 2007)
Charles R. Dangler, 88, of Bryan, died early Wednesday morning, Dec. 19, 2007, at Harborside Healthcare Center, Defiance.
Born May 18, 1919, at Antwerp, to Helen G. (Barney) and Henry "Ed" Dangler, he married Bertha M. Cox on Aug. 3, 1947, and she preceded him in death on July 21, 2006.
An Army veteran of World War II, he was a platoon sergeant serving in Normandy, Southern France and Rhineland Central Europe. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with a Silver Star, American Defense and Campaign, and World War II Victory medals.
A life-long area farmer, he had also worked for Ridgeville Elevator, Leupp Bros., Spanglers Implements and Bil-Jax.
He was a former Master of Elm Grove Grange and a member of Stryker Yackee Strong Post No. 60 American Legion.
Surviving are a daughter, Iris (and husband, Dick) Kinder of Bryan; two sons, Owen (and wife, Angie) Dangler and Kevin (Carol) Dangler, all of Bryan; and 10 grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert B. Dangler. Visitation will be today from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Grisier Funeral Home, Stryker.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Father Charles F. Ritter to officiate. Interment will follow in Boynton Cemetery, rural Stryker.
Graveside military honors will be accorded by Stryker American Legion Post 60.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the family choice.