Richard Alan Martin, 69, of Delphos died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday at Lima Memorial Hospital with his loving family surrounding him. He was born Jan. 16, 1945, in Lima to Ernest and Dorothy (Crider) Martin, who preceded him in death. He married Cathy Smith on Feb. 18, 1968 and they remarried on Sept. 25, 1993. She survives in Delphos. He is also survived by his daughter, Nancy Martin Clay of Delphos; his son, Ross (Anja) Miller of Russells Point; two sisters, Judy Mayer of Delphos and Linda VanHoose of Lakeview; five brothers, Gary (Arlene) Martin of Bellefontaine, Tom (Deb) Martin of Dublin, Don (Elaine) Martin of Lima, Steve Martin of Bellefontaine and Dennis (Barb) Martin of Dayton; six grandchildren, Lucas and MaeLynn Clay of Delphos and Avery, Scarlette, Claire and Cooper Miller of Russells Point; two sisters-in-law, Dianna Bowers (Norbert McEvoy) of Delphos and Marlene (Roger) Larson of Forest Park, Ga.; many beautiful friends; and two special couples, Rick and Shirley Layson of Jonesboro, Ga., and Phil and Chris Campbell of Convoy. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Larry Martin; and his nephew, Mark VanHoose. He retired from John Mansville in Defiance; before that, he had worked for Trim Trends and Century Link. He served in the Army in Korea and Vietnam. He was a life member of the VFW #3360 of Defiance and the AMVETS in Lakeview. He was a member of Bass Masters of Indian Lake and fished in the tournament for over 25 years. He loved fishing, painting and playing cards and games. He loved rock and roll and could name any singer to any song and also loved spending time with his family and friends. Funeral services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council following the service at the funeral home. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be 1-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Joan M. “Jo” Bandelier, 92, died at 12:40 a.m. April 5, 2014 at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born November 20, 1921 in Carey to Cletus and Mae (Campbell) Myers, both deceased. She was united in marriage to Francis Bandelier, who survives in Delphos. A homemaker, Jo was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Country Club, where she was the Woman’s Champion for many years. She was also a member of the Flower Club and also showed and trained dogs. She was very active in the church. She also won the city bowling championship and was an auxiliary member of the New Haven American Legion post 330.
She is also survived by a son, Michael (Amelia) Bandelier of Tennessee. Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.
Wilma E. Schrader, 88, of Delphos died at 12:25 a.m. Sunday, March 30, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Connie (Coolman) Blake Hutchinson, who preceded her in death. In 1945, she married Edward Schrader, who preceded her in death on Aug. 17, 2004. Survivors include two sons, John Schrader of Delphos and Jim (Rene) Schrader of Delphos; four daughters, Julie Conrad of Columbus Grove, Sue (Bob) Metcalf of Delphos, Linda McClure-Hammons of Ottoville and GiGi (Larry) Dodd of Central Point, Oregon; grandchildren, Trina, Amy, Gina, James, Chad, Andy, Sabrina, Sean, Sara, Cassi, Mandie, Crystal, Charice and Matt; great-grandchildren, Jamie, Erika, Jaden, Brennan, Cullan, Preston, Brittany, Morgan, Kaden, Kendall, Emogene, Ariella, Madison, Dylan, Jonathon, Tim and Joe; a great-great-grandchild, Kamden; and her special pet, Bitsy. She was homemaker and a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion and the Delphos Eagles. She enjoyed woodworking, crocheting and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with Father Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-noon Thursday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to go to the American Diabetes Association.
Marvin G. Lucas Sr., 81, of Delphos died at 7:20 a.m. Sunday, March 30, at Sarah Jane Living Center. He was born July 31, 1932, in Delphos to Nathanal William and Barbara (Miller) Lucas, who preceded him in death. He married Shirley (Ditto) Lucas on April 17, 1952. She survives in Delphos. Survivors include two sons, Butch (Jill) Lucas of Delphos and Rob (Jackie) Lucas of Elida; a daughter, Sherry (Bob) Beck of Middlebury, Ind.; a sister, Bobbie (Tom) Kohorst of Delphos; two brothers, Clair (Dela) Lucas of Delphos and Daryl (Janie) Lucas of Delphos; sisters-in-law, Diane Lucas and June Lucas; 11 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill Sr. and George Lucas; a son, George Lucas; and a great-granddaughter, Alivia Lucas. He retired from Ford Motor Company in 1994 after 24 years of service. He was also Sergeant First Class in the Army, having served in the Korean War. He was an avid bass fisherman and was a very active member of the Bass Club. He was a life member of the VFW Post 3035. He loved country music, especially the Grand Ole Opry where he spent a lot of time back stage with his friend Charlie Luvin. His true love was his children, grandchildren and especially his wife, Shirley, of nearly 62 years. Funeral services will be held privately at a later date.
Kenneth J. Dickrede, 75, of Delphos died at 4:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, at his residence with his wife by his side. He was born April 21, 1938, at home in Allen County to Ralph and Edna (Fischer) Dickrede, who preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to his wife of 50 years, Jean Schimmoeller, on July 4, 1963. She survives in Delphos. Survivors include two sons, Kevin (Beth) Dickrede of Toledo and Duane (Lisha) Dickrede of Delphos; a daughter, Karen (Glenn) Aldis of Torrance, Calif.; four sisters, Jane (Bob) Hanneman of Glandorf, Irma Schwinnen of Spencerville, Ann (John) Elder and Mary (Paul) Elder, both of Fennville, Mich.; a brother, Jerry (Dee) Dickrede of Delphos; 11 grandchildren, Emma and Amanda Aldis, Alexander and Michael Dickrede, Jason and Jamie Smith, Tyler Dickrede, Lindsay (Steve) Richards, Ashley (Jon) Finn, Whitney (Nick) Ruhe and Alex Garza; and two great-grandchildren, Melia and Gianna Richards. He was also preceded in death by an infant son, Bryan Dickrede; in-laws, Kenneth and Mary Ann Schimmoeller; brothers, Richard and Elmer Dickrede; daughter-in-law, Nan Dickrede; and brother-in-law, Bernie Schwinnen. He retired in 1997 from the General Motors Plant in Defiance after working there for over 30 years. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, a 1965 graduate of Delphos St. John’s High School and served in the United States Army Reserves. He was also a member of the Eagles #471 and the UAW Local 211. He loved to read and was a lifelong learner. He enjoyed walking in the woods and on the farm and traveling with his wife, Jean. His greatest joy was spending time with his wonderful family and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where there will be a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Sisters of St. Frances.
Richard H. “Popeye” Warnecke, 80, died at 5:50 p.m. March 23, 2014, at VanCrest Healthcare Center, Delphos. He was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Delphos to Edward and Leona Gable Warnecke, who preceded him in death. On June 7, 1958, he married Norma Jean Klima, who died Dec. 26, 2002. Mr. Warnecke retired in 1996 from the Delphos Stone Quarry after more than 36 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council 1362 and Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 471, both in Delphos. He enjoyed metal fabrication, woodworking, farming and gardening, especially potatoes. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. During his retirement, he enjoyed driving the countryside and visiting local businesses. Survivors include a son, Thomas (Cindy) Warnecke, of Laotto, Ind.; four daughters, JoAnn (Edmund) Merricle and Jeanne (Mark) Hummer, both of Delphos, Laura (Mark) Ladd, of Fort Jennings, and Susanne (Mark) Wehri, of Kalida; three brothers, Brother Dominic “Thomas” Warnecke, of Meinrad, Ind., Donald (Marge) Warnecke, of Ottoville, and Michael Warnecke, of California; 14 grandchildren, Melissa, Edmund, Richard, Mindy, Nicole, Matthew, Amanda, Lee, Cynthia, Jessica, Joshua, Ryan, Casey and Ethan; nine great-grandchildren, Chase, Colin, Cody, Jada, Dylan, Landen, Kaden, Jaxson and Hayleigh; a sister-in-law, Janice Warnecke, of Spencerville; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Dickman. He was preceded in death by a brother, Hubert Warnecke; and a sister, Beatrice Dickman. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos, where a K. of C. rosary service will be held at 7 p.m. and a parish vigil service at 7:30 p.m., and one hour prior to services Friday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to Relay For Life Cancer Fund or St. Rita’s Hospice.
Joseph A. Deitering Jr., 76, died at 7 a.m. March 23, 2014, at his daughter’s residence in Delphos. He was born April 25, 1937, in Delphos to Joseph A. and Loretta Murray Deitering, who preceded him in death. Mr. Deitering’s passion in life was gardening. He enjoyed giving away his produce to his family, friends and neighbors. He liked fishing and woodworking. He loved to take long walks with his dogs. He attended both St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville. He worked at the Bending Co./Orbitron for 35 years. Survivors include a daughter, Kim (Ben) Osting, of Delphos; two sisters, Nova (Ralph) Suever, of Elida, and Mary Ann (Dick) McKinsey, of Frankfort, Ind.; a brother, Larry (Diane) Deitering, of Delphos; two grandchildren, Kane (Holly) Osting, of Delphos, and Cole (Allison Baker) Osting, of Fort Jennings; two great-grandchildren, Leia Osting and Layne Osting; and special friends and neighbors, Bob and Jeanie. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Kill; brother-in-law, Stoney Kill; and a brother, David Deitering. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. The Rev. Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. Instead of flowers or gifts, contributions may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings.
James E. Dray, 74, died at 10:10 p.m. March 19, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born Aug. 12, 1939, in Delphos to Charles Elmer and Mary Rupert Dray, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 9, 1958, he married Freeda Faye Workman, who died June 20, 2005. Mr. Dray had been a law officer in Delphos in 1968, as a juvenile officer. He had also served on the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Department, as chief of police in Ohio City and back to Van Wert County, where he retired. He had also worked at Scot Lad Foods. He was an Army veteran stationed in Korea from 1958 to 1961. He was a member of Hope Lodge 214 and the Walnut Grove Cemetery Board. He was a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3035 and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Auxiliary. He was an avid fisherman and did some charter work on Lake Erie. He also enjoyed golfing. His latest passion was making sure fallen soldiers’ graves were properly marked and would go to great lengths to make sure that happened. Survivors include two sons, David J. (Patricia) Dray, of Ithaca, N.Y., and Terry J. Dray, of Delphos; a daughter, Cheryl Dray, of Delphos; three sisters, Caroline Weichart, Marge Hummer and Romaine Pavel, all of Delphos; a brother, John Dray, of Delphos; and five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian, Rosemary and Charlotte; and four brothers, Harold, Gene, David and Walter Dray. Services will begin at noon Monday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, with military rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, where a Masonic service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.
Larry R. Wilson, 61, died at 6:30 p.m. March 17, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1953, in Detroit to Kenneth and Bernice Greene Wilson, who preceded him in death. On Oct. 18, 1980, he married Mary Ann Miller, who survives in Delphos. Mr. Wilson had been a lift truck operator at Warehouse Associates, Lima, for 13 years. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. He was an amateur paleontologist and collected artifacts. He enjoyed making jewelry. Survivors also include a brother, Robert (Linda) Wilson, of Oldsmar, Fla.; and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a nephew, Nathan Miller. Memorial services will begin at 3 p.m. Friday at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Delphos. The Rev. David Howell will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos. Friends may call one hour prior to services Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Lois Maxine Osting, 87, of Delphos died at 3:45 a.m. Sunday, March 16, at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos surrounded by her loving family. She was born Sept. 10, 1926, to Frank and Elsie (Blockburger) Carder, who preceded her in death. She married Wilfred H. Osting, who preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 2010. Survivors include two sons, Ron (Jill) Osting of Fort Jennings and Dennis (Lois) Osting of Delphos; two daughters, Vickie Graymire of Columbus and Kay (Kenny) Barber of Delphos; three sisters, Amelia Bullinger of Fort Jennings, Mary Lou Bullinger of Oakwood and Jeanette Mesker of Oakwood; one brother, Richard Carder of Ottoville; nine grandchildren, John (Lauren) Osting, Matthew Osting, April (Kyle) Kazee, Stacy (Butch) Prine, Jason Osting, Joshua (Matty) Osting, Sean Osting, Nick (Stacy) Graymire and Tiffany Barber; and nine great-grandchildren, Sophia, Owen and Carder Osting, Leah and Carson Kazee, Noelle and Jaxon Prine and Hudson and Tenley Graymire. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Delbert, Donald and Orville Carder; and two sisters, Myrtle Brotherwood and Coleen Carder. Mrs. Osting retired from Aeroquip in Van Wert and had also been employed at Shenk’s in Delphos. She volunteered at the Delphos Thrift Store and the Red Cross blood drives. She was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, CL of C #40, VFW Auxiliary #3035, Eagles #471 and a member of the Eagles Auxiliary Drill Team. She was also a member of the Red Hat Ladies Club. She enjoyed reading, traveling, doing crafts for her children, sewing, decorating, baking, crocheting and embroidery. But most of all she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Dave Reinhart officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. On Wednesday, a CL of C service will be held at 7 p.m., VFW Auxiliary at 7:15 p.m. and a Parish Wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association or hospice.