Robert V. Newcomer
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Robert V. Newcomer, 86, of Van Wert died Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at his home.
He was born April 7, 1917, in Franklin Township, DeKalb County, Ind., the son of the late Elmer and Junie (Shultz) Newcomer. On March 20, 1937, he married Betty Warsler, who preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 1983. On Sept. 8, 1989, in Van Wert, he married Mary Subler, who survives.
Mr. Newcomer was a farmer and retired as a conductor from Conrail on Jan. 4, 1978, after 36 years.
Other survivors include:
Son — Wayne (Doris) Newcomer of Citrus Springs, Fla.
Stepsons — Mike (Rebecka) Lingmann of San Antonio, Texas, Leonard (Laura) Subler of Van Wert and Larry (Gina) Subler of Ohio City
Daughters — Barbara (Larry) Holt of Farmington, Minn., and Teresa (Larry) Springer of Spencerville, Ind.
Stepdaughters — Judy (Abe) Luce and Tina (Mike) Owens, both of Van Wert, and Nancy Friemoth of Middle Point
Five grandchildren, Cheryl Champion, Pamela Schenk, Jennie Springer, Laurie Springer and Amy Albert; 16 stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren, and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. (Indiana time) Wednesday at Feller Funeral Home, Waterloo, Ind. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Auburn, Ind.
Calling hours are 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. (Indiana time) today at the funeral home.
Alvin E. Waldron
Died: Saturday, October 11, 2003
Alvin E. Waldron, 89, of Van Wert died at 3:02 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, 2003, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born March 6, 1914, in Scott, the son of the late Calvin and Goldie (Place) Waldron. On Aug. 15, 1936, he married Hope Wilson, who survives.
Mr. Waldron was a farmer in Paulding County for 45 years, retiring in 1994, and formerly worked for Eisenhauer Mfg. in Van Wert. He was a member of Ohio Farmers Union and Ohio Farm Bureau and attended First Baptist Church in Van Wert.
Other survivors include a son, Alvin W. (Marilyn) Waldron of Convoy; one daughter, Corinne (Bruce) Fisher of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two sisters, Velma Hancher of Peoria, Ill., and Bertha Debacher of Van Wert; four grandchildren, David Waldron, Cynthia Cramer, Joel Fisher and April Ragan, and seven great-grandchildren, Gregory Cramer, Sarah Waldron, Hope Ragan, Ellis Ragan, Katie Ragan, Luke Ragan and Patience Fisher.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Dennis Waldron in 1960; one granddaughter, Heather Fisher; five brothers, Merle, Harold, Arthur, Earl and Gerald Waldron, and a sister, Betty Laukhuf.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Van Wert, the Rev. Steve A. Robinson officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, Convoy.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert.
Preferred memorial is First Baptist Church.
Died: Sunday, July 13, 2003
MIDDLE POINT — Jane Engel, 75, of Middle Point died at 6:35 p.m. Sunday, July 13, 2003, at Vancrest Health Care Center, Van Wert.
Arrangements are pending at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert.
Janet L. Taylor
Died: Saturday, July 12, 2003
SHELBY — Janet L. Taylor, 62, of Shelby died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Cleveland Clinic after an eight-year battle with cancer.
She was born June 2, 1941, in Middletown, Ohio. Janet was a 1959 graduate of Springfield High School and a 1963 graduate of Bowling Green State University where she received a bachelors of science in elementary education and French. She had been an elementary school teacher in Springfield, Celina, Tipp City and Wynford Local school districts. She and her family owned and operated Carrousel Antiques on North Main Street in Mansfield.
Janet was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Shelby where she was a member of the hand bell choir, Recycled Christians Sunday School class, Pastor Parish Relations Committee and the Prayer Ministry Team. She used her artistic talents to decorate and paint the church fellowship hall. She was a member of Gourmet Club and a former member of the Shelby Garden Club. She repaired antique pottery and china and enjoyed flower gardening.
Janet is survived by her husband, Robert L. Taylor, a former Van Wert County resident whom she wed on June 20, 1964; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Ron McGinnis of Bloomville; a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Katrina Taylor of Galloway; two grandchildren, Adam and Megan McGinnis; her parents, Howard and Jane (Thomas) Armstrong of Mansfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Jan Armstrong of Ontario, and her husband’s parents, Searle and Elsie Taylor of Mansfield, formerly of Van Wert County.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Shelby, the Rev. Gail Angel officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Shelby.
Calling hours are 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at Turner Funeral Home, 168 W. Main St., Shelby.
Memorial expressions may be made to the New Washington United Methodist Church Hand Bell Fund or the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and left in the care of the funeral home. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for on-line condolences.
Ronnie G. McClellan
Died: Friday, July 11, 2003
Ronnie G. McClellan, 54, of Van Wert died Friday, July 11, 2003, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 1, 1948, in Hicksville, the son of Lee H. McClellan of Van Wert and the late Betty J. (Sevrence) McClellan.
Mr. McClellan worked at Federal Mogul Corp. in Van Wert for almost 30 years. A 1967 graduate of Van Wert High School, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a member of the Delphos Veterans of Foreign Wars post and Van Wert Eagles Aerie.
Other survivors include his children, Stacy McClellan of Traverse City, Mich., and David McClellan of Columbus; a stepdaughter, Brenda (Dennis) Mengerink of Middle Point; two brothers, Gary (Linette) McClellan and Glen (Vicki) McClellan, both of Van Wert, and a sister, Linda Lund of Waldorf, Md.
He was preceded in death by one son, Dustin McClellan, and a sister, Brenda K. McClellan.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Rev. Ron Prewitt officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert, with military graveside rites conducted by combined units of the Van Wert American Legion and VFW posts.
Calling hours are 2-8 pm. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is the Van Wert County Heart Association.
Died: Friday, July 11, 2003
MT. VICTORY — James "Jim" Davis, 74, of Mt. Victory died at 3:44 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2003, in Hardin Memorial Hospital.
He was born March 20, 1929, in Jeneva, Neb., the son of the late Raymond A. and Lola (McPeck) Davis. On Dec. 12, 1948, in Rushylvania, he married Jane Harvey, who survives.
Mr. Davis was a retired boiler engineer at Kenton High School and a farmer. He was a member of Mt. Victory Church of Christ where he was an elder, Sunday School teacher and board member. He served as a councilman for the Village of Mt. Victory for 12 years. He was an avid Ohio State and Cleveland Browns fan.
Other survivors include six daughters, Marilyn (Richard) McHugh of Van Wert, Marijane (Larry) Walters of Anna, Jalene (Scott) Sallyards of Casselberry, Fla., Terri (Duane) Ramsey of Groveport, Toni (Doug) Hatfield of Lucasville and Susan (Will) Bodine of Mt. Victory; one sister, Rebecca (Joe) Fittro of Mt. Victory, a brother, Richard (Barbara) Davis of Pecos, N.M.; 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, James R. Davis Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Price Funeral Home of Mt. Victory, Joe Fittro officiating. Burial will be in Hale Cemetery of Mt. Victory.
Calling hours are 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Heather L. Grothouse
Died: Friday, July 11, 2003
DELPHOS — Heather L. Grothouse, 23, of Delphos died at 12:40 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2003, at her residence.
She was born Dec. 22, 1979, in Lima, the daughter of Timothy and Carla (Keeling) Grothouse, who survive in Delphos.
Miss Grothouse, a 1998 graduate of Delphos St. John’s, was a customer service specialist at Lazarus in the Lima Mall. She loved collecting Boyd’s Bears and Precious Moments, loved to dance with friends and family and participated in cheerleading, band and in the class play, "Cinderella." She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
Other survivors include a sister, Kerry A. Grothouse of Delphos and her fiancé, Richard L. "Rickey" Burris; her grandparents, Robert and Ruth Keeling Sr. of Delphos and Arthur and Mary Grothouse of Delphos; many aunts, uncles and cousins, and her godparents, Irvin and Judy Trentman.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos, the Rev. Randy Geisige officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Delphos.
Calling hours are 6-9 p.m. today and 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Sunday at Harter & Son Funeral Home, Delphos. A parish wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is James Cancer Center in Columbus.
Hugh Eugene Burnett
Died: Thursday, July 10, 2003
Hugh Eugene Burnett, 78, of Van Wert died at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2003, at St. Rita’s Medical Center, Lima.
He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Mercer County, the son of the late Homer and Irene (Roller) Burnett. On Nov. 22, 1997, he married Anna (Wilkin) Buettner, who survives at the residence.
Mr. Burnett retried from Crown Manufacturing, at present was employed for 12 years as a security guard at Wemco in Lima. A U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, he was a 1943 graduate of York High School. He attended Middle Point United Methodist Church in Middle Point.
Other survivors include two sons, Homer (Carol) Burnett of Celina and Ray (Donna) Burnett of Greenville; four daughters, Donna (Mike) Hampton of Lima, Mary Miller and Gay (Robert) Pease, both of Van Wert, and Martha Melco of Indianapolis, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Jane (Jeff) Maus of Van Wert and Sherry Buettner of Delphos; one sister, Dorothy Hartung of Celina; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren, and four stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a great-grandson; one brother, Clarence Burnett, and a sister, Hazel Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 10;30 a.m. Monday at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert, the Revs. Jay Roller and Cindy Lumm officiating. Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery, Union Township, Mercer County.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Sunday and an hour prior to service Monday at at the funeral home.
Preferred memorial is the American Cancer Society.
Andrew J. Kemler
Died: Saturday, July 05, 2003
Andrew J. "Andy" Kemler, 21, of rural Van Wert died early Saturday morning, July 5, 2003.
He was born Jan. 30, 1982, in Van Wert, the son of Wayne Kemler and Karen (Dutton) Kemler, both of whom survive in Van Wert.
Mr. Kemler was a landscaper at Elite Naturescapes, Delphos. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Van Wert. A graduate of Owens Technical College with a degree in landscaping and turf management, he was a 2000 graduate of Lincolnview High School. While in high school, he was involved in wrestling and track and recognized as an FFA State and American Farmer.
Other survivors include two brothers, David (Marla) Kemler and Scott (fiancé: Anna Flick) Kemler, both of Van Wert; one sister, Tina (Jason) Vodika of Orrville; his paternal grandmother, Wilma Kemler of Van Wert; maternal grandparents, Robert and Luella Dutton of Convoy; maternal great-grandmother, Vesta Dutton of Convoy; several aunts and uncles as well as a niece, Natalie Vodika, and a nephew, Ethan Kemler.
He was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, Howard Kemler.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, Van Wert, the Revs. Dillon Staas and Paul Miller officiating. Burial will be in Mohr Cemetery, rural Van Wert.
Calling hours are 2-8 p.m. Thursday at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, Van Wert, and an hour prior to service time Friday at the church.
Preferred memorial is Lincolnview Athletic Boosters Club.