Frederick S. Wagner, 67, of Delphos, OH passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at his residence in Delphos. Frederick was born January 19, 1947 in Delphos, OH to Frank and June (Sarber) Wagner. Both parents preceded him in death. On August 19, 1983, he was united in marriage to Joyce (Schroeder) who preceded him in death on June 15, 2013. Survivors include nine sons: Michael Wagner of Delphos, Jim (Julie) Wagner of Delphos, Clint Wagner of Delphos, Rocky (Michelle) Wagner of Lima, Frederick Wagner, Jr. of Delphos, Edward (Katy) Wagner of Delphos, Daniel (Lori) Hulihan of Bluffton, Mark (Flower) Hulihan of Maryville, TN, and Sean (Rachel) Hulihan of Delphos; one daughter Tammy (Paul) Nieto of Delphos; one sister Gloria “Dottie” Hubbard of Delphos, one brother Dave Wagner of Delphos. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, and two brothers Richard and Jimmy Wagner. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren: Ay’lish and Nicole Hulihan; Jeremiah, Jordan, and Rudy Nieto; Laine, Alec, and Matthew Hulihan; Bailie, Kestley, and Connor Hulihan; Tristen and Morgan Wagner; Brandyn and Aliyah Smith; Gwen and Gracie Wagner and two great grandchildren. Mr. Wagner was a master woodworker and gunsmith. An avid outdoorsman and nature lover, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time at his cabin. He was a member of Black Swamp and a Life Member of the NRA. He was a past member of the VFW Post #3035. After 35 years of faithful service, he retired from Phillips Display Components in Ottawa, OH. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1964-67. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. Military grave rite services will be done by Delphos Veteran’s Council. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery at a later date. Calling hours will be 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Ruth W. Nixon, 91, of Delphos, passed away Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Vancrest of Delphos. She was born January 24, 1923 to Carlos and Elpha (Steman) Dury. They preceded her in death. On February 14, 1949, she was united in marriage to Charles Wilbur Nixon. He preceded her in death October 1, 1973. She was a member of First Assembly of God in Delphos, OH. Ms. Nixon was a clerk at the Murphy Store in Delphos, OH, Meyers Cleaners and Powell Variety Store. She was a very crafty and liked to handpaint all types of arts and crafts. She enjoyed keeping house. She loved camping and was a Girl Scout Leader for many years, as well. She is survived by her son Mike Nixon of Delphos, OH and her daughter Becky (Gary) Lindeman of Delphos, OH, eleven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her daughter Sue Lynn Wallace. Funeral service will be on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Calling hours are Friday, August 15, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Helen L. Rohr, 91, of Delphos, passed away Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Vancrest of Delphos. She was born October 23, 1922 in Delphos, OH to Samuel and Margaret (Allen) Baxter. They preceded her in death. On August 20, 1949, she was united in marriage to Arthur Rohr, who died in June 1985. She was a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Delphos, OH. Ms. Rohr was a homemaker. Survivors include a sister Irene Schroeder of North Olmsted, OH and a stepdaughter Jeane Prill of California. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and special friends Thomas (Agnes) Miller of Delphos, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and two brothers Dale and Roy Baxter, and a sister Daisy Standish. Funeral services will be Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home with Pastor Angela Khabeb officiating. Burial Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Art Department at Vancrest of Delphos.
Keri Anne Mathison, 40, of Mount Blanchard, formerly of Delphos, OH passed away on Monday, August 11, 2014 at Blanchard Valley Hospital. She was born August 17, 1973 to Ronald and Joyce (Grothouse) Hilvers. Her father preceded her in death May of 1997. Her mother survives in Delphos, OH. Keri attended St. John High School. She graduated with her LPN from Stratford Nursing School in Findlay, OH. She was employed at St. Rita’s Medical Center and several nursing homes in the surrounding area. She was also a private duty nurse and a Mary Kay consultant. Keri was a Cub Scout Leader. She was on the EMS squad. Keri had a great sense of humor and always made those around her laugh.
Other survivors include two sons Tyler Mathison of Mount Blanchard, OH and Dakota Mathison of Delphos, OH, a daughter Kianna Mathison of Delphos, OH, two sisters Missy (Jeff Fleck) Poling of Spencerville, OH and Tina Lucas of Delphos, OH, three brothers Jack (Chuck Honingford) Hilvers of Delphos, OH, Ian (Lora Burgan) Hilvers of Lima, OH and Seth (Terry Steiner) Hilvers of Lakeview, OH, Godmother Cindy Schwinnen, maternal grandparents Robert H. (Luella) Grothouse, former husband, Rodney Mathison and special friend Shane Keckler. She was preceded in death by her father Ronald, Godfather Gene Schwinnen and paternal grandparents.
Funeral Services will be Friday, August 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home with Father Ron Schock officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Friends may call Friday, August 15, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Union Bank Company for her children’s education fund.
Howard L. Foust, Sr., 93, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Richland Manor in Bluffton, OH. He was born July 31, 1921 to Dewey and Margaret (Kerschner) Foust. They preceded him in death. For seventy-two years, Howard shared his life with his wife, Dorothy, whom he married on May 2, 1941. She preceded him in death on January 31, 2014. Survivors include two sons Howard L. (Reida) Foust, Jr. of Lima, OH and Michael A. (Pat) Foust of Port St. Lucie, FL, one daughter Patricia A. Foust of Lima, OH, and grandchildren: Reid (Kelly) Foust, Allen (Tina) Foust, Laura Adkins, Melissa (Ryan) Moore, and Michael Scott (Cherie) Foust, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Howard was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and sister in law Joseph and Pauline Foust and his other brother and sister in law Robert and Virginia Foust.
Mr. Foust was retired from Ford Motor Company after 25 years in the quality control department.He was a member of the Delphos Eagles Aerie #471. He enjoyed fishing and crossword puzzles. He truly enjoyed cars especially race cars.
Friends and family may call from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. The funeral service will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Harter & Schier Funeral Home, Pastor David Howell officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the American Heart Association.
Moletus F. Osting, 96, of Delphos died at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Vancrest Healthcare Center. He was born July 23, 1918, in Delphos to Frank and Veronica (Elwer) Osting, who preceded him in death. On June 13, 1942, he married Dorothy Gasser, who died on Feb. 17, 2002. Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Gail) Osting of Ottawa and Donald (Judy) Osting of Spencerville; two daughters, Carolyn (Tom) Pittner of Delphos and Diane (Gary) Miller of Fort Jennings; two sisters, Donnie (Leo) Schmelzer and Earline (John) Williams of Delphos; three brothers, Alvin (Marilyn) Osting and Norm (Karen) Osting of Troy and Roger (Ricki) Osting of Cridersville; grandchildren, Robin (Jerry) Levin of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Amy Pittner Kuhlman of Ottoville, Scott Osting of Ottawa, Anita (Rich) Ross of Ottawa, Ericka (Cam) Aller of St. Marys, Trent (Shelly) Osting of Spencerville, Travis (Melanie) Pittner of Florida, Ross (Randie) Miller of Michigan and Jason (Cindy) Osting of Leipsic; brother and sisters-in-law, Robert (Dorothy) Gasser of Ottoville, Leona (Len) Bruskotter and LaDonna Ostendorf of Fort Jennings, Rita Miller of Indiana, Alvera (Gene) Kleman of Kansas, Mary Ann Grote and Deloris (Tony) Schulte of Kalida, Mary Sergeant of Fort Jennings, Ruth Osting of Middle Point, Betty Osting of Delphos and Toni Osting of Cloverdale; and 16 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a grandchild, Ryan Miller; brothers, Wilfred, Gene, Earl, Ed, Urban and Louis Osting; and sisters, Marie Osting, Vera Koester and Gerrie Grubenhoff. Mr. Osting was a beekeeper for more than 60 years and retired from the Delphos Bending Company after 47 years. He also served in the U.S. Army as a technical sergeant. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, VFW Post 3035, K of C 1362, Eagles Lodge 471, the Delphos Coon and Sportsman Club, where he was the oldest member, and he was a life member of the Ottawa American Legion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman; he especially enjoyed coon hunting and taking many trips to Rice Lake and Lake Erie. He was an excellent pitcher in fast-pitch softball, playing for the Delphos Food Locker. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Rev. David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be Resurrection Cemetery, with military graveside rites conducted by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Sunday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a Parish Wake will begin at 7:30 p.m. Preferred memorials are to St. John’s Cemetery for a tree fund in memory of Osting.
Clyde “Ed” Smith, 67, of Delphos passed away suddenly Monday while vacationing with family in Cancun, Mexico. He was born Sept. 2, 1946, to Lynwood and Emily Smith, who preceded him in death. On Sept. 3, 1967, he married the former Kathleen Metzger of Vaughnsville. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Kathy Smith of Delphos; two sons, Marc (Melisa) Smith of Delphos and Jeff Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Ethel Maag of Columbus Grove; mother-in law, Helen Metzger of Delphos; brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Sue Huth of Findlay; sister-in-law, Patsy Smith of Ottawa; half-brother, Denny (Terri) Smith of Columbus Grove; half-sister, Debbie (Ted) Slusser of Columbus Grove; and multiple nieces and nephews. His grandchildren were the light of his life and included Trey and Trysten Smith of Delphos and Colin and Addison Smith of Las Vegas. He was preceded in death by a brother, David (Wayne) Smith of Columbus Grove; and father-in-law, Howard Metzger of Vaughnsville. Ed retired from Proctor & Gamble in 1997. He was a 1964 graduate of Columbus Grove High School where he participated in football, basketball and track. Upon graduation, he attended Allied Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois. He was also a veteran of the United States Air Force. Ed loved being involved in youth sports and showed it by coaching youth basketball in Delphos. He headed the Delphos Youth Hoopsters (DYH) for eight years and was a proud supporter of Delphos Jefferson Athletics. Before moving to Delphos, he coached Little League and Pony League baseball in Columbus Grove and Vaughnsville. One could always find Ed in a local (or not so local) gym, coaching or watching a basketball game. Delphos has lost a truly caring and concerned community member. Ed will be greatly missed by his family, friends and the countless youth athletes whose lives he touched over the last 40+ years.
Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a memorial service at 6 p.m. At Ed’s request, his body has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Delphos Jefferson boys basketball program.
Bernard J. Reindel, 84, of Delphos died at 11:35 p.m. Saturday at Vancrest Healthcare Center of Delphos. He was born March 2, 1930, in Delphos to Alfred and Florence (Carder) Reindel, who preceded him in death. On April 21, 1951, he married Norma Rose Beining, who preceded him in death on June 15, 1994. Survivors include five daughters, Roxann (Louis) Bonifas of Columbus Grove, Karen (Rick) Bruns of Woodburn, Indiana, Donna (Craig) Burkholder of Lima, Margie (Greg) Basinger of Columbus Grove and Mary (Stephan) Hodgson of Mansfield; four sons, Louis (Barb) Reindel of Bradford, Larry (Amy) Reindel of Delphos, Robert (Vicki) Reindel of Delphos and Thomas Reindel of Spencerville; a son-in-law, Pat Ryan of Arizona; brothers-in-law, Ken Bryan and Tom Grubenhoff; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Kathleen Ryan; a grandson, Cody Basinger; and sisters and brother-in-law, Imogene (Len) Elwer, Avian Bryan and Virginia Grubenhoff. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, K of C #1362 and Delphos Eagles #471. He enjoyed jigsaw puzzles and playing cards. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Father David Reinhart officiating. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home with a Parish wake at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contribution may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Edward F. “Doc” Laman, 91, of Delphos died at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Vancrest Healthcare Center. He was born June 1, 1923, in Allen County to Virgil C. and Pauline (Plikard) Laman, who preceded him in death. He married Pauline Armstrong on Sept. 15, 1945. She preceded him in death on June 29, 1984. He then married Sarah “Anne” (McAdow) Good Laman on Oct. 19, 1985. She survives in Delphos. Other survivors include a son, Dave Laman of Delphos; a stepson, Gary (Debra) Good of Defiance; a daughter, Claudia (Philip) McGriff of Piqua; two stepdaughters, Carolyn (Jim) Bode of Springfield and Connie (Brian) Frobase of Elida; two grandchildren, Tara Beckler of Tipp City and Chad E. (Tiffaney) Laman of Westerville; one great-grandchild, Laci Beckler; seven stepgrandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas C. Laman. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel, the Rev. Paul Scannell officiating, with one hour visitation prior to the service. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. A Mason service will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Paul United Methodist Church in Elida, State of the Heart Hospice or Equestrian Therapy.
L. Keith Edwards, 76, of Grover Hill died at 5 a.m. Saturday at his residence. He was born July 29, 1938, in Van Wert to Thomas Everett and Margaret Bernice (Miller) Edwards, who preceded him in death. Fifty-four years ago on Aug. 1, 1960, he married Rebecca “Becky” Thitoff of Grover Hill. Survivors include three sons, Don Edwards of Delphos, Dan (Holly) Edwards of Grover Hill and Doug (Nikki) Edwards of Van Wert; a daughter, Julie (Timothy) Taylor of Grover Hill; two sisters, Virginia Smith of Virginia and Patricia Shambarger of Ada; a brother, Richard Edwards of Van Wert; seven grandchildren, Ariel Edwards, Ashleigh (Scott) King, Danielle (Joe) Greco and Scott (Briget) Edwards, Jayde and Justus Connor and Adyson Edwards; and three great-grandchildren, Anoryia, Zade and Karighan King. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Kent “Bud” and Tim Edwards. He was a trucker for over 45 years. For 27 years, he and his son were co-owners of D&K Unlimited. He enjoyed his family, trucks, his ‘31 Ford Coupe, gardening, working in the yard and his dog, Sassy. He took much pride in his Welsh heritage. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jody Harr officiating. burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the service Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. In lieu of all flowers, Keith had requested all donations to be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Love your family and friends and forgive your enemies. — Keith