Cletus M. “Doc” Vonderwell: October 25, 1935-April 7, 2017

Clete vonderwell pictureCletus M. “Doc” Vonderwell, 81, of Delphos passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert. He was born October 25, 1935, in Saint Mary’s, Ohio to Clarence and Matilda (Post) Vonderwell. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage on August 1, 1992, to Mary Neumeier, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by six sons, Michael (Vicki) Vonderwell of Wilmington, NC, Arthur (Brenda) Vonderwell of Hilliard, OH, David (Sue) Vonderwell of Delphos, Donald (Barb) Vonderwell of Delphos, Daniel (Jen) Vonderwell of Cheney, WA, and Richard (Jen) Vonderwell of Delphos; one daughter Marcy (Matty) Swift of Huber Heights; two brothers, Ike Vonderwell of Indiana and John Vonderwell of Delphos; two step-sons, Daniel (Marcie) Metzger and Anthony “Tony” (Kelli) Metzger both of Delphos; brothers and sisters-in-law, Kay and Roger Schlereth, Bill (JoAnn) Neumeier, Rog (Candy) Neumeier, Don(Lois) Neumeier, Tom (Tami) Neumeier, Gary “Tubby” (Marsha)  Neumeier, Joanie  (Dave) Nijak, Jerry (Doris) Neumeier, Ben (Cheryl) Neumeier, and Kathy Bates; grandchildren, Niki, Adam, Erin, Preston, Calvin, Brett, Trent, Mason, Tess, Joshua, A.J., Lillyan , Evelyn, Madelyn, Aislyn, Isabelle, Desteni, Zak, Carla, and Dani; step-grandchildren, Dominic, Chase, Braylon, Aubrey, Maddox, and Ryker; former wife Lynne Huffman. He was preceded in death by a daughter Anne Vonderwell; brother, Carl Vonderwell; sister, Rose Mary Vonderwell; and two sisters-in-law, Laura Vonderwell and Patricia Vonderwell.

Clete attended Delphos St. John’s, he then attended Oblate Preparatory school where he was a Junior Seminary, and he later took college classes at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, IN, where he played baseball. He then got accepted to the Ohio State Veterinary School in the fall of 1959, graduating in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural science. Doc was owner of the Vonderwell Clinic for 42 years, retiring in 2004. He was an active and devout member of Delphos St. John’s School and Church.  He was past president, charter member, and co-founder of International Veterinary Acupuncture Society for two terms; taught acupuncture all over the world and treated canine units for the Van Wert Sheriff. His love was treating harness horses, where he hosted many international veterinarians. Mass of Christian burial will be on Monday, April 10, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, April 8th and on Sunday, April 9, 2017 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier funeral Home. A parish wake will be held on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.


Cletus M. “Doc” Vonderwell: October 25, 1935-April 7, 2017 — 4 Comments

  1. I will never forget when he gave my son his donkey. My son’s horse had died an he said young man I will sell you this donkey for free and if you get tired of him just bring him back. Well my son was about 8 years old an Adam is now 21 years old and still has Pedro the donkey. Most kids comes home with puppies and kittens mine comes with a donkey. Thank you Doc he has been Adam’s forever friend.

  2. Dr. Clete was such a creative and giving person(soul). I am forever changed through the veterinary knowledge that he shared with me. I am so sorry he died. My condolences to Mary and the family.

  3. I worked with one of Docs sons (Donnie) in Columbus. We became very good friends and was invited to a hog roast at the Vonderwells. I met Doc at his house in the kitchen the day before the pig roast. I asked Doc where I should go to get a hotel room in town. Doc slowly reached into his pocket, pulled out a local hotel room key and tossed it to me. I asked him what I owed him for the room, his response “Just be here in the morning and bring an appetite”. He was fixing breakfast for everyone.

    A true gentleman and wonderful man who left an unforgettable memory with me.

    Condolences to the family.

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