Lloyd B. Smith, of Delphos, 96, died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Van Crest of Delphos, OH. He was born on August 14, 1918, in Preble County, OH to Howard and Susie (Brubaker) Smith, who have preceded him in death. On July 30, 1941, he married Elizabeth Sochor in Van Wert, OH, who died on February 11, 2013. He is survived by one son, Donald E. (Sally) Smith of Hernando, FL; two daughters, Susan K. (John) Ebey of Santa Monica, CA and Barbara J. (Kim) Bradshaw of Elida, OH; two grandchildren, Ryan J. (Sarah White) Bradshaw of Kansas City, MO and Laura E. (Sergio Piño) of Santiago, Chile. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and two sisters, Gladys Newberry and Mary Helen Schmidt. Lloyd graduated from Lanier Township High School in Preble County, OH. He graduated from Ohio State University June 10, 1940 with a BS in Agriculture and August 29, 1958 with a Masters in Science from OSU. He taught Vocational Agriculture at Ohio City-Liberty School (1940-1942), Bryan City Schools (1942-1944), Spencerville Schools (1946-1950), and was the first Vocational Agriculture teacher at Delphos Jefferson High School (1950-1973). He retired from Delphos Jefferson in 1973, where he also served as Assistant Principal for three years. He served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater (1944-1946) and in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1950-1964). He commanded the U.S. Naval Reserve Unit in Lima for one year; retiring as a Lieutenant Commander after 16 years of service. From 1973-1983, he was Vice President at The Peoples National Bank, concentrating on Agri-Business customers. Mr. Smith was President of the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Association, Alternate Vice-President of Region IV of the National Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, President of Delphos Education Association, and President of St. John’s Parish Council. In 1973, he received the O.V.A.T.A. Outstanding Teacher Award. He holds an Honorary/State Farmer Degree and an Honorary FFA Degree. He was inducted into the Delphos City Schools Hall of Fame. Lloyd was a member of Delphos St. John’s Catholic Church where he was a lay Communion Distributor. He was a member of the Ohio Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association, Knights of Columbus, and St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was an avid Ohio State football fan and Cincinnati Reds fan. He loved to play cards, fish, and read. Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Dennis Walsh will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Catholic Cemetery with full military rites by North Atlantic burial services. Family and friends may call on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at the Harter and Schier Funeral Home. There will a Knights of Columbus Rosary Service at 7:00 p.m. and a Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. with Deacon Fred Lisk. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, St. John’s Parish Foundation, and Honor Flight.
Marilyn Yates, 74, of Ottoville, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 6:17 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born July 19, 1940 at home in Putnam County to Edward and Lucille (Ellerbrock) Sanders. They preceded her in death.
Marilyn was united in marriage to Daniel E. Yates on May 13, 1960 in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. He preceded her in death on August 3, 2002.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Kathy Daniels of Grover Hill and Debra Yates of Los Angeles; 2 sons Jerome (Johanna) Yates of Berea and Jeff Yates of Valparaiso, IN; one brother, Gerald (Judy) Raccine, WI; 5 sisters, Sister Anna Maria of Dayton, Carol Meyer of Ft. Jennings, Karen (Jim) King of Cairo, OH, Mary (Mike) Hoverman of Maumee, and Barb Sanders of Columbus, OH; 11 grandchildren: Amber, Dan, Trent, Todd, Jackie, Josh, Emily, Adrian, Adam, Zane and Christina; and 3 great-grandchildren: Abriana, Graydyn, and Lucas. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Gregory L. Yates, a brother, Tom Sanders, and a grandson, Dylan Yates.
She was in the Women’s Army Corp (WAC), U.S. Army from 1958-1960. She was one of the first women in Van Wert County to join WAC and was very proud of this achievement. She worked at Delphos Memorial Home for 23 years. She was an avid gardener, enjoyed the outdoors and animals, and loved to travel. Marilyn was very involved in her grandchildren’s lives and frequently attended activities the children participated in.
Mass of Christian burial will be held Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church in Ottoville, OH with Father Jerome Schetter officiating. Full military grave rites will be held directly following mass. Friends and family may call Monday, February 23, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, OH. Memorial contributions can be made to Angels for Animals.
Richard J. Richardson Sr. 69, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on June 30, 1945, in Delphos to Walter and Dorothy (Dunlap) Richardson. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Helen L. Jewell on June 10, 1967. She survives in Delphos. He is survived by two sons; Richard (Michelle) Richardson Jr. and Robert “Bob” Lisa Harshman) Richardson both of Delphos and a daughter Dianna (Murray) MacGregor of Salt Lake City, Utah; 2 brothers, William Richardson of Delphos and Frank Richardson of LaGrange, IN.; one sister, Shirley (Duane) Kimmey of Middle Point, 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Clara Jane, and one brother, Charles L. Richardson. He was also preceded in death by three infant brothers. Richard worked at Fruehauf Manufacturing for 27 years then worked at I and K for 12 years. He was a member of First Assembly of God Church and a lifetime member of the Delphos Eagles #471. He was a sports fanatic. He loved to cheer on the Cleveland Browns and Ohio State. He enjoyed camping and playing softball. He and his wife spent endless hours driving around on their golf cart. Funeral services will be held on Monday February 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Pastor Dan Eaton will be officiating. Burial will follow in Salem Mennonite Cemetery in Elida. Family and friends may call on Sunday February 22, 2015 from 1-3 and 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Patricia Patton, 77, of Elida, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015, at VanCrest Health Care Center.
She was born October 11, 1937, to Llemar and Emma Jane (Miller) Foust. On December 28, 1958, she was united in marriage to Marvin Patton who passed away on October 19, 2010. She is survived by one daughter, Lori (Mike) Rogers of Elida, one son, Tom (Annette) Patton of Elida, and a stepdaughter, Donna (Chuck) German of Delphos She is also survived by two brothers, Bill Foust of Lima and Charlie (Sierra) Foust of Elida; one sister, Sharon (Tom) Snider of Lima; six grandchildren, and eleven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one son, Jeffrey L. Patton.
Patricia was a member of Middle River Christian Church in Elida. She loved her church and rarely missed a Sunday until she became too ill to attend. Her love of the Lord was something so strong, and it was very important to her that she pass that on to her children. She was a wonderful, loving mother who will be deeply missed. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. When she wasn’t doing that, she loved to crochet and travel with her sister-in-law, Maedene Holmes, whom she was especially close to like a sister. She was also an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. She retired from Elida Elementary School where she was a cook for 25 years.
Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at 11:00 A.M. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Rev. Robert Shields will be officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, February 17, 2:00-8:00 PM and one hour prior to services at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the local Relay for Life or the American Parkinson Foundation.
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Audrey “Kay” Parsels, 75, of Elida, passed away peacefully on Sunday February 1, 2015, surrounded by her loved ones, at Lima Memorial hospital. She was born January 11, 1940, in McComb, to Raymond and Norma (Wingate) Conkey. Both preceded her in death. She is survived by one son, Eric (Kelly) Parsels of Grove City; two daughters, Lori (Wayne) Williams of Elida, and Lisa (Brad) Eichhorst of Manchester, Maryland; one brother, Guy (Marcy) Conkey of Florida; grandchildren, Brooke (Wes) Liebrecht, Kayla (Zac Mull) Williams, Jacob and Lydia Eichhorst, Dylan and Jarod Parsels and Kyle and AJ Pessel; great-grandchildren, Easton Liebrecht and baby Liebrecht due in April; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Conkey; and one brother-in-law, Ben Lowry. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bud Keeran and Bill Conkey; one sister, Carole Lowry. Kay worked as a sales associate at Sears for 25 years. She was a member of Immanuel United Methodist Church in Elida. She enjoyed reading, watching ice skating and the Cincinnati Bengals, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and going out to eat with the Sears ladies. Funeral services will be on Friday February 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel United Methodist Church in Elida. Reverend Bruce Tumblin will be officiating. Burial will be in Napoleon-Hoy Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday February 5, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lima Public Library.
Betty J. (Talboom) Wegesin, Age 92, went home to be with the Lord carried in the arms of angels on February 1, 2015. She passed away at St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by her family after a long battle with cancer. Betty was born December 5, 1922 to Leon and Bessie (Fair) Talboom who preceded her in death. Betty was survived by four daughters; Kathy (Bill) Hittle, Karen Suever, Nancy Saum, Judy (John) Rable, and one son; Hank (Cheryl) Wegesin. She was blessed with several grandchildren who have survived her: Josh (Esther) Hittle, Jacob Hittle, Nicole (Ryan) Hostetter, Amanda (Luke) Smithberger, Christine (Kyle) Henley, Sarah Suever, Jennifer Saum, Lindsay Saum, Bethany (Chris) Harrell, Brian (Erica) Vorst, Chad (Jessica) Vorst, Jessica Vorst, Katelyn Rable, John Friemoth, Barry (Amber) Friemoth, Brittany (Robby) Bowersock: and great-grandchildren: Jasmyne Smithberger, Hayden Smithberger, Adalyn Henley, Blake Vorst, Caylee Vorst, Mady Friemoth, Landen Friemoth, Christian Bowersock, and Ayden Bowersock. Three sisters; Rosemary Fry, Bertha (Bob) Zink, Audra Ann (Tony) Bowers, and one brother, Ed (Sandy) Talboom. She was preceded in death by one brother, John Talboom. She was a 1940 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, and she had worked at various jobs as a switch board operator and was a home maker. Betty was most pleased with the simple joys of life. Her love for her children and grandchildren brought her many joys. She enjoyed knitting, where she has left behind pieces of her talents with many family members and friends. Betty had a love for gardening as it was evident in the brightly colored array of tulips in the spring. She also enjoyed the many different birds that came into her yard.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday February 5, 2015 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church at 11:00 a.m. Father Ron Schock will be officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice, who in her last week here on earth was a blessing not only to her but also to her family. We would like to thank the nursing staff at St. Rita’s Medical Center on 5K and 4K, St. Rita’s Hospice, and Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos for the wonderful care they gave to our mother.
Stephen Hoverman, 58, of Lima, formerly of Delphos, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
He was born April 2, 1956, in Lima to John Roger Hoverman and Betty (Rinard) Hoverman. Both preceded him in death. On December 2, 2004, he was united in marriage to Denise (Garcia) Hoverman who survives in Lima.
Steve is survived by two sons, Scott (Jenny) Hoverman of Cincinatti, and Shane (Chrissy Hawk) Hoverman of Atlanta GA; one stepdaughter, Nicole Garcia of Lima; and one Grandson, Graham Hoverman. He is also survived by his brothers and sisters; Antarie “Rog” (Andrea) Hoverman of Nebraska; Thomas (Kristie) Hoverman of Lebanon, OH; and Lisa (Christopher) Deters of Elida.
Steve attended St. Charles and St. John’s Catholic Churches in Lima. He was a member of Eagles #471. He was an active member of the F.O.P in Lima, the Lodge #21, and the Harley Owners Group. He was also a lifetime member of the NRA.
Steve was a 30 year retired Captain of The Allen County Sheriff’s Department. He was a Special Deputy for Hancock County. He was also a law enforcement instructor for Rhodes State in Lima and Edison College in Piqua, Ohio. He was also a HAZMAT technician for Allen County. Along with his work, he also was a dive master instructor and he truly loved to scuba dive in Cozumel, Mexico. Steve was a member of the OHSAA where he officiated football and basketball over 30 years. His favorite games to officiate were those in the midget football leagues. Steve also loved music. He was a talented musician playing both the piano and the drums. He also loved to ride his Harley and to barbeque for friends and family.
Steve was a 1974 graduate of Delphos Jefferson. He received a criminal justice degree from Ohio State University along with a minor in music.
Funeral services will be held at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 3. Calling hours will be one hour prior to the funeral and 2-4 and 6-8 on Monday, February 2. There will be a FOP service at 8:00 p.m.
Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery following the funeral services. Memorial contributions may be made to The Delphos Jefferson High School Band or the Hancock County Dive Team.
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Bonnie VanMeter, 71, of Delphos passed away on Monday January 26, 2015, at 9:02 p.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center. On October 1, 1943, she was born to Robert and Mildred (Davis) Boyd. Both preceded her in death. Bonnie is survived by 2 daughters, Cynthia (Bill) Smith of Delphos and Dawn (Ron) Coburn of Delaware, 2 sons, George Jr. (Jean) Corzine of Florida and Brent (Tulsi) Van Meter of Elida, a sister Gayle Boyd of Michigan and a brother Bill (Amy) Boyd of Florida. She is survived by 10 grandchildren and 19 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter Connie Hale, and son Rodney Corzine. Bonnie was the first female paramedic on the Delphos EMS and she was also a Day Care provider. She was a member of the Delphos Wesleyan Church and a past member of the Delphos Lioness Club. She loved sewing, crocheting, and canning. Funeral services will be held on Saturday January, 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Delphos Wesleyan Church with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at a later date at the Spencerville Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday January 30, 2015from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Lieselore Waldick, 87, of Delphos, passed away on Monday January 26, 2015, at Community Health Professionals In-Patient Hospice Center in Van Wert, OH. She was born November 23, 1927, in Duesseldorf, Germany, to Johannes and Katharina (Broich) Radusch, whom both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Dr. Leo Waldick; he preceded her in death in 1993. She is survived by two sons, Stefan W. Waldick of Ft. Jennings and Juergen (Kathy) Waldick of Delphos; sister, Marianne Zester of Germany; and 4 grandchildren, Kaia, Matthew, Mark, and Thomas Waldick. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and two sisters, Heidi Roeseler, and Emmi Karpinski. Mrs. Waldick was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where she sang in the choir, Delphos Garden Club, the German Choir, and the German Club of Van Wert. She helped at the election polls and was also a buyer for a high end lamp company in her earlier years before staying home to raise her children. She was a great cook and baker. She enjoyed decorating and truly loved collecting antiques. Memorial funeral service will be on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 2:00p.m. with memorial visitation from 12:00 – 2:00p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Father Thomas Gorman will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date in Germany. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert.
Vernon F. Hobbs of Middle Point, Ohio, passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015, at 1:27 a.m. at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.
He was born on May 27, 1932, to Harrison and Mattie (Hibbard) Hobbs. He was raised by his mother Mattie, his step father Everett Starrett and his grandparents John and Laura Hibbard. All preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Leota Long on September 23, 1954. She preceded him in death on June 28, 2007.
He is survived by three daughters Deborah Fair of Venedocia, Gwenda (Jack) Blackmore of Van wert, and Cathy (Dan) Cline of Van Wert; one son, Vernon E. (Elizabeth) Hobbs of Spencerville; one brother, Virgil Emmett of Kentucky; 10 grandchildren Joshua (Diana), David, Corey and Audrey Hobbs, Ryan (Chelsea), Scott and Kevin Fair, Ashley (Daniel) Brown, Megan Smith and Emily Blackmore; and 8 great-grandchildren. Preceded him in death are his wife, parents, step Father Everett Starrett and Brother Fred Starrett.
Vernon retired from the Lima Carpenters Hall after over 25 years of service. He attended Salem Presbyterian Church. After his retirement, he enjoyed woodworking at home in his shop. He didn’t know a stranger and enjoyed visiting with and making new friends. He always had a smile and never lost his sense of humor.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Salem Presbyterian Church in Venedocia. The service will begin at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Thomas Emery will be officiating. Burial will be at the Venedocia Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday January 27, 2015 from 4-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Presbyterian Church or the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center.