Cletus 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.