Theda B. DeWitt: January 20, 1922 – August 24, 2015

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Theda B. DeWitt, 93, of Delphos, passed away Monday, August 24, 2015, at Vancrest of Delphos. Theda was born on January 20, 1922, to Wilbur and Armeda (Davis) Ditto. Both preceded her in death. On September 17, 1938, she was united in marriage to William H. DeWitt; he preceded her in death on August 29, 2000. She is survived by her daughter LaDonna (Ronald) Culp, of Delphos; son, Jack (Jeannette) DeWitt of Delphos; sister, Betty Wiechart of Delphos; Sister-in-Law, Ardith Dewitt Compton; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren and 11 great great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son Dan DeWitt; brothers, Rolland, Robert, Kenneth and Lloyd Ditto; and her sister Helen Coleulson. Theda was a housewife and a member of Delphos Wesleyan Church. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday August 28, 2015 from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Contributions may be made to the American Heart or American Cancer Society.

Patricia A. Bryan December 29, 1935 – August 21, 2015

jpeg picPatricia A. Bryan, 79, of Delphos, passed away on Friday August 21, 2015, at her residence. She was born December 29, 1935, in Delphos to Paul E. and Silvera (Schille) King. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to James D. Bryan on January 7, 1956, who survives in Delphos. She is survived by one Son, Rodney J. (Vickie) Bryan of Spencerville; three daughters, Kathleen M. Bryan of Delphos, Laura A. (Chuck) Peters of Cloverdale, and Robin D. (Ronald) Caudill of Lima; two brothers, Louis(Nancy) King of Lima, and Kevin (Suzanne) King of Macedonia, OH; one sister, Paulette (Walter) Honigford of Delphos; Sisters-in-law; Mary Neuman of Delphos; three grandchildren, Rachel (Andrew) Munshower, Michelle (Keith) Kimmet, and Zachary (Amanda Milligan) Bryan; three great-grandsons, Luke Bryan, Gavin Kimmet, and Austin Munshower. She was preceded in death by her parents. Pat was a member of First Assembly of God Church, Eagles #471, treasurer for Delphos Jefferson Band Boosters for 13 years and was an avid Reds and Ohio State fan. She had worked as a secretary at the Tank Depot then she worked for Ohio Dec, and then retiring from Neuman Industries as a secretary. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 24, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at First Assembly of God Church. Reverend Dan Eaton will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, or the American Kidney Foundation.

Rick T. Miller: June 26, 1956 – August 13, 2015

Rick MillerRick T. Miller, 59, of Toledo, formerly of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, August 13, 2015, at his residence. He was born June 26, 1956 in Lima to Thomas B. and Agnes (Grothouse) Miller, who both survive in Delphos. He was united in marriage to Michelle Row. She survives in Toledo.
He is survived by a daughter, Erika Miller of Perrysburg, OH; three brothers, Denny (Melanie) Miller of Middle Point, Gary (Pat) Miller of Dayton, and Mark (Linda) Miller of Delphos and several nieces and nephews. Rick was a salesman for Southeastern Equipment Co. for 29 years and was a 1974 graduate of Delphos St. John’s High School. He was an avid golfer and a wonderful son, brother, father, and husband. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, August 21, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father George Mahas will be officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, August 20, 2015, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, Ohio, where a Parish Wake will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Maria Kay (Luebrecht) Pothast: February 9, 1967 – August 12, 2015

Maria Pothast pictureMaria Kay (Luebrecht) Pothast, 48, of Fort Jennings, formerly of Nashville, passed away peacefully at 1:59 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015, at her father’s residence surrounded by her loving family after a courageous battle with brain cancer. She was born February 9, 1967 in Lima, to Dennis (Sandy) Luebrecht and Helen (Grone) Luebrecht; who both survive. Maria is also survived by two brothers, Mike (Amy) Luebrecht of Ft. Jennings and Matt (Terry) Luebrecht of Delphos; three nephews, Luke, Austin, and Seth; one niece, Kaylin Hartsock. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Lisa Marie and Christine Ann; her grandparents, Gilbert and Agnes Luebrecht and Clement and Armella Grone; one nephew, Joel Luebrecht; and her beloved cat, Alex. She was a 1986 graduate of Fort Jennings High School. Maria was employed as an EMT with the Nashville Fire Department. She was a member of Nashville Firefighters Local 140 and attended the Unity Church in Brentwood, TN. Maria loved her friends and family, her job as an EMT, relaxing on her deck, grilling out, boating on the lake, going for walks, having a beer, and occasionally tequila. She loved home-cooked meals, going out for Mexican food, country music and the ocean.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home with Pastor Teresa Bucher from Unity Church, Fort Wayne, IN officiating. Friends may visit Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. To view funeral services online, please visit www.harterandschier.com at the time of service. (Password: webcast9).
Memorial contributions may be made to American Brain Tumor Association.

Judy Kemper: February 17, 1950 – August 10, 2015

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Judy M. Kemper, 65, of Delphos, passed away at 11:15 a.m., on Monday, August 10, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

She was born on February 17, 1950, in Lima, to Walter and Henrietta (Pohlman) Pothast, both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Stephen Kemper on May 15, 1971; he survives in Delphos.

Survivors include two daughters, Amy Johnson of Springfield, and Jennifer (Aaron) Trentman of Delphos; four grandchildren, Braydon and Cassidi Johnson and Jacob and Caleb Trentman; two sisters Valeta (Norman) Siebeneck of Ottoville and Sharon (Tom) Schroeder of Delphos; one brother Roger (Diane) Pothast of Delphos and many nieces and nephews.

Judy retired in December as the bookkeeper for United Equity after 14 years of service. Judy was proud to be a homemaker. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family especially the time spent with her grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, cooking over the open fire and rides in the golf cart. She loved to play jokes and her laugh was contagious. Her beloved Chihuahua, Brandy will miss her dearly. She was a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. She graduated in 1968 from Delphos St. John.

A mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, August, 14, 2015, at 11:00 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 13, 2015, from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a parish wake at 2:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to the Indiana University Cancer Research, St. John School or Donor’s Choice.

Elizabeth “Betty” Hugel: February 25, 1932 – August 5, 2015

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Elizabeth “Betty” Hugel, 83, of Landeck, passed away Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Vancrest of Delphos surrounded by her loving family. She was born February 25, 1932, in Perrysburg, OH to Mark and Dorris (Roach) Clement whom both preceded her in death.

Betty was united in marriage to Richard Hugel on October 18, 1952; he survives in Landeck. She is survived by three daughters, Mary (Tim) Dray of Ft. Jennings, Carol (Lance) Buettner of Lima, and Nancy (Bob) Wiechart of Ft. Jennings; one sister, Barb Seffernick of Delphos; and 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Betty was preceded in death by a son, Joseph; a brother, Jim Clement; and a grandson, Alexander Dray.

Mrs. Hugel was a member of CL of C, VFW auxiliary, and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, gardening, gambling trips and spending time with her family.

Mass of Christian burial will be on August 8, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015, from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. with a C L of C service at 3:00 and a parish wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.

Mervin “Mike” Laudick: June 19, 1924 – July 30, 2015

Mervin Laudick pictureMervin “Mike” Laudick, 91, of Spring City, TN, formerly of Delphos, passed away on Thursday July 30, 2015, at The Bridge at Rockwood in Rockwood, TN. He was born June 19, 1924, at home in Delphos, to Alfred David and Adelyn Catherine (Reindel) Laudick. Who both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Patricia Adams on May 20, 1950; Patricia preceded him in death on April 28, 2003. Mike is survived by a son, David (Ann) Laudick of Spring City, TN; and a daughter, Diane (Brett) Stratton of Bluffton, OH; three grandchildren, TJ (Gina) Wiley of Delphos, Tisha (Nathan) Lee of Delphos, and Jonathan Stratton of Scottsdale, AZ; and four great-grandchildren, Vincent Wiley, Gianna Lee, Dalton Lee, and Dylan Stratton. He is preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Gordon J. Laudick. Mike was a past member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and a member of the VFW #3035. He followed his older brother, Gordon J. Laudick into the military, serving his country in the Navy during WWII. Gordon never made it back; he died serving his country on his second jump into Holland. Mike was very proud of his older brother for making the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He was a huge race fan and visited Eldora often. He enjoyed live entertainment, including musical shows. He was very intrigued by the history of locomotives and enjoyed working on model trains. Mike retired as an electrician from Continental Can Company in Van Wert after many years of service, prior to that he had worked as a foreman at R.G. Dunn Cigar factory in Delphos. He also loved visiting Tennessee, vacationed there often and loved the area so much he ended up moving there in 1991. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday August 4, 2015, at 11:00a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Daniel Johnson will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Ft. Jennings with Military Grave Rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Monday August 3, 2015, where there will be a Parish Wake to begin at 5:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Donor’s Choice.

Michael Lee Hageman April 25, 1957 – July 25, 2015

Peaceful-FishingMichael Lee Hageman, 58, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday July 25, 2015, at The Ohio State Medical Center in Columbus. He was born April 25, 1957, to Herbert and Lois (Tigner) Hageman. He is survived by his sister-in-law, Diane Hageman. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Roger Hageman. A private burial will be at a later date.

Carroll J. Wilhelm July 16, 1937 – July 23, 2015

Carroll Wilhelm pictureCarroll J. Wilhelm, 78, of Delphos, passed away on July 23, 2015 at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, surrounded by his loving family. He was born July 16, 1937 at home on Cleveland Street to Louis “Bounce” and Evelyn (McClish) Wilhelm whom both preceded him in death. Carroll was united in marriage to Barbara L. Mullen on March 24, 1961; she preceded him in death in 1999. He is survived by two daughters, Lisa (Jesse) Hefner of Payne, and Kelly (Brad) Dudgeon of Delphos; grandchildren, Keith Clark, Taylor Wilhelm, Kendra Parlin, and Kody Richardson; great-granddaughter, Myah; and great-grandson, Ryan.  Mr. Wilhelm started his automotive career with Hanschumaker Motors then he left to work for Steele’s Automotive, then onto Siferd Hossellman in Lima. Carroll also worked as a mechanic at Conrad’s Truck Stop. All together working for over 30 years in the auto industry. He was an avid trap shooter, and in his younger years he was a very enthusiastic hunter, especially hunting for antelope, elk, and deer. He truly enjoyed working outdoors and visiting his friends and a lot of his old costumers. His true passion was his hat collection. Carroll also served his country by enlisting in the Army and he was a member of the Eagles Aerie #372. Funeral services will begin on Tuesday July 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Reverend David Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call on Monday July 27, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Donor’s Choice.

Robert H. Grothouse: March 17, 1927 – July 20, 2015

Robert Grothouse pictureRobert H. Grothouse, 88, of Delphos, passed away on July 20, 2015, surrounded by his loving family at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos.
He was born on March 17, 1927, in Delphos, to John I. and Mary (Carder) Grothouse. They preceded him in death. On November 26, 1949, he was united in marriage to Luella Sawmiller, who survives in Delphos
He is also survived by 5 daughters, Joyce Hilvers of Delphos, Jan (Dave) Hoffman of Delphos, Cindy (Terry Knebel) Schwinnen of Landeck, Patti (Jerry) Bonifas of Delphos and Deb (Jay) Kundert of Delphos; 4 sons, Bob L. (Linda Shaffer) Grothouse, Bill (Barb) Grothouse, Jim (Tracy) Grothouse and Mark (Angie) Grothouse, all of Delphos; 2 brothers, Larry (Sue) Grothouse and John (Diane) Grothouse both of Delphos; 25 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; sisters-in-law, Alice Grothouse and Jean Sawmiller; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Sawmiller.  He was preceded in death by sister, Betty Swick; brother, Hubert “Beeze” Grothouse; son-in-law, Gene Schwinnen; granddaughter, Keri Anne Mathison; 2 infant grandchildren, and 1 infant great-grandchild; brothers-in-law, Paul, Bill, and Bobby Sawmiller; Sister-in-law, Mary Sawmiller. Bob was a longtime owner of Delpha Chevrolet and Buick. He was employed there as a service manager, parts manager, then went into sales. He then purchased the franchise in 1971. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a 1945 graduate of Delphos St. John’s, the Delphos VFW, Eagles, American Legion, and Knights of Columbus. Bob served in the Army as a Radio Operator from June 5, 1945 to December 17, 1946. He was with the 97th Constabulay Signal Squadron at Hamburg, Germany, where he operated both field radios and fixed stations to maintain contact with outlying units. Bob handled reports, coded messages, official letters and other such messages. He also was operator on General Harmon’s official train. Robert was very private with his military past, but was very proud of the service he committed to his country. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and taking care of his yard. He was a past Grand Marshal of Delphos Canal Days. In his younger years he loved to play the guitar for his family, and he enjoyed spending nearly every Friday night dancing. Bob devoted his life to his family and his business.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday July 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Following, burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery where the Delphos Veterans Council will conduct military grave side rites. Visitation will be held on Wednesday July 22, 2015, from 6-8 and on Thursday July 23, 2015, from 2-8 with a parish wake starting at 7:30 at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to The Kidney Foundation of Ohio or Ashton’s Angels.