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.

Joyce Cross: December 8, 1938 – July 17, 2015

Joyce M. Cross, 76, of Delphos, went home to her heavenly Father on Friday, July 17, 2015, at Lima Memorial Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born December 8, 1938, in Van Wert, to Charles Sr. and Maude Hartman. They are both deceased. She was united in marriage to Art Cross and he preceded her in death in 1980.
Joyce is survived by a daughter, Beverly Cross-McNeal of Delphos; a son, Luke Cross of Delphos; a grandson, Sean McNeal also of Delphos. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Cross, who died in 2011; a son, James A. Cross Jr., who died in 1994; and a grandson, Tyler Cross, who died in 1999; and several brothers and sisters.
She was a past member of The Bethel Mennonite Church in Delphos. Joyce and her husband Art began Cross Excavating in 1961. They worked together to make the company flourish and it is still going strong today! Joyce was also a homemaker who enjoyed reading and cooking. Most important to her, however, was her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Funeral Service and burial will be held privately by the family.
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Earl J. Gerdeman: January 3, 1930 – July 17, 2015

IMG_6915.1Earl John Gerdeman, 85, of Delphos, died at 3:55 pm on July 17, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
He was born January 3, 1930, on a farm near Middle Point, Oh to Edward and Helen (Renner) Gerdeman. He married Doris Meyer on June 23, 1956; she survives in Delphos at the Sarah Jane Living Center.
Other survivors include a sister, Janice Kaskocsak, of Dayton; a brother, Bill (Mary) Gerdeman, of Delphos; a brother in-law, Carl (Ida) Meyer, of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Lorene (Louis) Jettinghoff, of Delphos; and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Gary) Elsass, of Sidney, Oh. Additionally, he was loved and will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Mae Gogel; infant brother, Robert Cletus; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Gogel, and Valentine Kaskocsak.
Earl graduated as valedictorian of the Middle Point High School class of 1948. He attended The Ohio State University and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocational Agriculture.
He taught Vocational Agriculture at the former Payne High School until being drafted to the United States Army in 1952. He then taught Vocational Agriculture for 35 years at Lincolnview High School until his retirement in 1989.
During his time in the United States Army, he went to Blacksmith School and taught blacksmithing to soldiers being sent to Korea. He continued this job until his discharge in 1954. He used these skills to teach blacksmithing to other agriculture teachers around Ohio for the State Board of Education.
Earl was a lifelong farmer who loved to share his passion for agriculture. He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with neighbors and friends. He was a loyal fan of the Lincolnview Lancers and Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoyed attending ballgames of his many great-nieces and nephews, and rarely missed a game.
In 2013, he received the Ohio Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he received the American FFA Degree, was named Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for the state of Ohio and was a past Ambassador Club member for the Ohio Farm Bureau. He also served on the governing boards of the Van Wert County Hospital, Midwest Electric Cooperative and Van Wert County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Delphos St. John’s Knights of Columbus. He volunteered yearly for Van Wert County’s Cows and Plows event, teaching young students about farm history and old fashioned agriculture. Additionally, he mentored young farmer and adult farmer organizations.
He was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 1:30 pm. Fr. Charles Obinwa will be officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery following the Mass. Full Military Grave Rites will be performed by the Delphos Veterans’ Council.
Family and friends may call from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, July 20, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where a Parish Wake will be held at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Earl J. Gerdeman Scholarship Fund at Linconlview High School or the Alzheimer’s Association. To leave condolences, visit harterandschier.com.

Bernice Kinneer Dupler July 4, 1912 – July 9, 2015

Bernice Dupler pictureBernice Kinneer Dupler, 103, died Thursday at Vancrest Healthcare Center, Delphos. She was born July 4, 1912, in Monday, Ohio, to Guy and Sarah Kinneer. Survivors include daughters Lois Hawk Jesberger of Sandusky, Bonnie (Jerry) Hawk Eckels of Lancaster and Nancy (Jim) Hawk Rosen of Delphos; grandchildren, Stephanie, Barry and Brandon Groves, Dirk Eckels, Debbie Eckels Spoto, Tom and Jim Jesberger, Sheila Copenhaver and Susan Chappelear; and many great- and great-great-grandchildren. She is also preceded in death by a sister, Elinor Kinneer Vore; brothers, Curtis and Max Kinneer; a daughter, Susan Hawk; and grandson, Jon Mark Eckels  Mrs. Dupler had a very can-do spirit which powered her through life’s challenges. Her favorite story was how she walked five miles to work in the dark in all kinds of weather and then walked five miles home when working at the egg auction in Nelsonville. She loved her family and enjoyed caring for her grandkids. She loved quilting, crocheting, sewing and gardening; especially her roses. She was a God-fearing woman and member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. She gave her time willingly to help those in need. After retiring from Gressel’s as a state egg inspector, she volunteers for many years at the Inter-faith Thrift Shop. Funeral services will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Friends may call from 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Preferred memorials are to the Thrift Shop. 

John “Jack” Hoffman: March 12, 1943 – July 4, 2015

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John “Jack” Hoffman, 72, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Lima Memorial Health Systems. He was born March 12, 1943 to John and Margaret (Maas) Hoffman. They both preceded him in death.

Jack was united in marriage to Linda Friemoth-Stemen on July 9, 1982. She survives in Delphos. Other survivors include: two sons, Randy (Jan) Stemen of Elida and Eric (Angie) Hoffman of Delphos; four daughters, Lisa (Scott) Schnipke, Tammy Clarkson, Shawna Clark, and Jennifer (Lake) Rider, all of Delphos; two brothers, Bob (Marilyn) Hoffman of Ottoville and Gerald (Kathy) Hoffman of Elida; four sisters, Rosie (James) Schwinnen and Pat (Tom) Wurst, both of Landeck, Deb (Rick) Reindel of Delphos, and Jodi (Kenny) Beam of Ft. Jennings; 24 grandchildren: Sarah, Nick, Clarissa, Alex, Casey, Aaron, Dillon, Abby, Mattie, Andrew, Zach, Chandler, Kennedy, Reagan, Jaelyn, Allexis, Devin, Olivia, Seth, Brody, and Emma; and three great-grandchildren: Bo, Xavier, and Tanner. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Andrea (Stemen) Stump, and a grandson, Andrew Richard Stump.

Jack worked for Sheller-Globe Corporation for 22 years and 26 years for Double A Trailers as a warehouse manager. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church in Landeck and a past member of the Lions Club. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, and mowing on his John Deere tractor. He could fix anything and loved to pass that skill onto his children. In his spare time, he liked to socialize at Jim’s Restaurant with his friends and work craft shows with his wife, Linda. Jack was a very patient man with a huge heart. He loved to spend time with his family especially his beautiful grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church in Delphos with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation hours will be on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s choice.

Linda L. Bockey July 15, 1944 – June 30, 2015

Linda Bockey pictureLinda L. Bockey, 70, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday June 30, 2015 at the Ohio State University Medical Center in Columbus. She was born July 15, 1944 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Holland John and Verna Francis (Long) McLean, whom preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Donald Bockey on July 31, 1965, he preceded her in death on September 17, 2010. Linda was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Eagles #471, VFW Aux. #3035, CD of A, and the VFW Clown Unit. She volunteered at the Thrift Shop and had worked at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos as a nurse’s aide for 28 years. She enjoyed traveling, gambling and volunteering. Her loving hands helped a lot of people in their time of need, but most of all she loved spending time with her family and friends. Mrs. Bockey is survived by two sons, Doug (Sherry) Bockey of Spencerville, and Mark (Karen) Bockey of Delphos; one daughter, Cindy (Tom) Lopresti of Plain City, OH; four brothers, Bob (Debbie) McLean of Texas, Vern (Tina Howeth) McLean of Port Clinton, OH, John McLean of Texas, and Sam (Lori) McLean of Lima; and nine grandchildren., Zachary, Dylan, Torie, and Brooke Bockey, Nicholas, Shannon, and Adam Bockey, and Gabe and Mia Lopresti. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday July 4, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Daniel Johnson will be officiating. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery following the mass. Family and friends may call from 2-8 p.m. on Friday July 3, 2015, where there will be a Parish Wake to begin at 7:30 p.m.at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthur James Cancer Hospital.

Thelma Minnig April 10, 1923 – June 27, 2015

Thelma Minnig pictureThelma Minnig, 92, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Saturday June 27, 2015 at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. Thelma was an active member at St. Joseph Catholic Church, VFW, Eagles, and American Legion. She enjoyed sewing and playing cards. Thelma was born April 10, 1923 in Charleston, WV. She was preceded in death by her parents; Harry and Christine Crede, husband; Eugene Minnig, daughter; Christine Siebert, grandson, Curtis Mowery; and sisters, Geneveive, Maryann, and Jane. She leaves behind daughters, Deborah Lewis and Margaret Mowery; sisters, Mildred, Dolores, and Marjorie; brothers, Harry and John; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Mass of Christian burial will begin on Wednesday July 1, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ft. Jennings, Ohio. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends may call one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers family request donations to Vancrest Nursing Home, 1225 E. Fifth Street Delphos, Ohio 45833. Arrangements are by Harter and Schier Funeral Home.

Lola A. Stechschulte: January 8, 1933 – June 23, 2015

picLola A. Stechschulte, 82, of Fort Jennings, passed away on June 23, 2015 at Vancrest Healthcare center in Delphos.
She was born on January 8, 1933, in Cleveland, to Francisco and Minnie Riolli. After the death of Francisco, Minnie was united in marriage to Nick Prunzo. They preceded her in death. On August 1, 1953 she was united in marriage to Paul Stechschulte who passed away on March 1, 2009.
She is survived by two daughters Paula Stechschulte of Bluffton, South Carolina and Beth (Pat) Koester of Wapakoneta; three sons, Alan (Joyce) Stechschulte, Bruce (Brenda) Stechschulte and Larry (Patti) Stechschulte all of Fort Jennings; one sister Joey Arnold of Columbus, twelve grandchildren and eitht great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by brother-in-law Doyle Arnold.
Lola was a member of St. Joseph Catholic church, the Delphos Eagles and Fort Jennings American Legion. She was a home maker who loved to spend time with her family especially her grandchildren.
Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the church cemetery following the mass. Visitation will be held from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral home on Thursday, June 25, 2015, with a parish wake at 8:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the church.