Joyce K. Hale, 80, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. She was born May 11, 1935 in Hammond, IN, to Merlin and Grace (Meinzer) Kroush. Both preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons, Ramon Hale of New Haven, IN, David (Kate) Hale of Flagstaff, AZ, and Kirby Hale of Delphos; four grandchildren, Chelsea, Connor, Cara, and David Hale. She was preceded in death by a sister, Francis Vickers; and brother, Roger Kroush. Joyce was a homemaker and also worked for Bryan City Schools as a reading specialist for many years. She was a 1953 graduate of Hammond high school, where she was an honor student, she then went on to study education and child psychology at Hanover College from 1953-1955. She was a member of the Rotary Club, and the Van Wert and Allen County United Way. She started at the Senior Citizens Center in 1982 as a meal site technician until 1987; she then became the director until her retirement in June of 2014. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and Indiana Hoosier basketball fan, was very involved in the United Way and was very instrumental in the Allen and Van Wert County Senior Citizens Levy. She was truly an advocate for our seniors. There will be a celebration of life service to be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Harter and Schier Funeral Home.
Kenneth Buettner, 76, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert, OH.
He was born January 30, 1939 to Herschel “Curly” and Margaret (Warnecke) Buettner. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Josephine A. Sander Buettner in August of 1979; she preceded him in death on July 16, 2007. He is survived by a son, Scott (Sheila) Buettner of Wapakoneta; step-son, Kenwood Bartz of Lima; brother, Jim (JoAnn) Buettner of Delphos; sister, Mary (Charles) Wauben of Delphos; and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Margaret Buettner. Kenny had worked as a mechanic at JCP Auto Center and was in the U.S. Army. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos Sportsman Club, NRA, and was a 1957 graduate of Delphos St. John’s. He was an avid coon hunter and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He loved his daily coffee at the club with the guys and enjoyed buying and trading guns. Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery with Military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.
Daniel “Spider” J. Rode, age 65, passed away suddenly on Friday, September 25, 2015 while vacationing in Hocking Hills. He was born July 15, 1950 in Lima, OH to James F. and Helen M. (Schneider) Rode who preceded him in death. Dan was united in marriage to Janet German on April 7, 1984. She survives in Delphos.
He is also survived by two daughters, Traci (Andrew) Salinas of Delaware, OH and Julie (Robby Caldwell) Rode of Columbus; two sisters, Chris (Bill) Hartsock of Van Wert and Kathy Young of Delphos; six brothers, Mike (Deb) Rode, Tony Rode, Dennis (Rhian) Rode, Jim (Mary) Rode, Joe (June) Rode, and John (Bonnie) Rode, all of Delphos; father-in-law, Al German of Delphos; sister-in-law, JoAnn (Bob) Cramer of Chambersburg, PA; three brothers-in-law, Dan (Marcia) German, Mike (Carol) German, both of Delphos, and Jeff (Tina) German of Warsaw, IN; two special aunts, Millie Metzger and Joey Rosendale, 28 nieces and nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. Dan was very excited and anticipating the upcoming birth of his first grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, mother-in-law, Mary Ann German, brother-in-law, Dean Young and sister-in-law, Pam Rode.
Dan graduated from Delphos St. John’s in 1968. He attended Xavier University for two years. He retired from Eaton Corporation after 12 years of service. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Eagles #471, and K of C in Delphos. For 18 years, he coached 5th-8th grade girls basketball. He also coached his girls’ soccer and softball teams. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, especially with family. He always looked forward to the German family fishing trip to Canada. He was a math tutor for over 30 years. He was always involved in a construction project for family and friends. One of the many things Spider will be remembered most for is his “Dad” jokes that not everyone “got”. He loved to make people laugh, especially his family.
Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos with Father George Mahas officiating. Burial will follow in Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29 and Wednesday, September 30 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Harter & Schier Funeral Home. There will be a K of C Rosary Service at 6:45 p.m. and a Parish Wake at 7:00 p.m., both on Wednesday evening.
Ruth Slate, 72, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, at Baton Rouge Living Center in Lima, Ohio.
She was born on March 2, 1943 to John W. and Mary Ima Jean (Lindeman) Joseph. Both preceded her in Death. She was united in marriage to Donald Slate who preceded her in death on April 27, 2007.
She is survived by two daughters, Julie (Shawn Dunlavy) Craig of Delphos and Beth (Eugene) Maag of Ft. Jennings; two sons Johnny Ray Foust of Lima and Dennis (Elizabeth) Foust of Bryan; three sisters, Mona (Bob) Adrich of Delphos, Janis VanVelerah of Oakwood and Barb (Larry) Shorts of Defiance; 5 brothers, Larry Joseph of Delphos, Dick Joseph of Delphos, Ron (Luanna) Joseph of Van Wert, James Joseph of Van Wert and Roger Joseph of Delphos; 14 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her sister Bonnie Fockler and grandson Landon M. Foust.
Ruth had worked at New Delphos Manufacturing, the Delphos Eagles, I and K and Toledo Molding and Die. She was a member of the Delphos Wesleyan Church, Eagles 471 and the Ottoville VFW. She enjoyed cooking, gambling and playing cards.
Services will begin on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev Wayne Prater officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service on Saturday at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the family.
Bernard “Benny” Beckman, 84, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima. He was born March 3, 1931 at home in Van Wert County to Joseph M. and Cecelia (Brockhaus) Beckman. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Mary Lou Steiner Beckman on June 10, 1967, she survives in Delphos. They had been married for 48 years. He is survived by a son, Michael J. Beckman of Delphos; a daughter, Rhonda (Rod) Hegemier of Wapakoneta; one grandchild; two step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Doris Sager of Glandorf and Alice Schroeder of Leipsic. He was preceded in death by one step-grandson; one brother and sister-in-law, Herman (Alma) Beckman; one sister, Sister Janett Beckman; two brothers-in-law, Donald “Smokey” Schroeder and Leon Sager. Bernard was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, K of C #1362, past president of the Van Wert County National Farmers Organization, past Director of the Old Delphos Community Oil, and he also was a money counter at Delphos St. John’s. Benny was a lifelong farmer and also sold seed corn for Moews. Benny’s true passion was his farm, from milking cows until 1994 then onto milking goats. He also raised a few beef cattle. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Daniel Johnson will be officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 and 6-8 on Wednesday at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, OH. There will be a K of C Rosary service at 7:00 p.m. with the parish wake to follow at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. John’s Parish Foundation or Donor’s Choice.
On Thursday, heaven received a beautiful angel in the passing of Betty Butler. Betty, 82, of Delphos died at 3:20 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born May 29, 1933, in Delphos to Lloyd and Leona (Purdy) Butler. Both preceded her in death. She is survived by six sisters, Marilyn Butler, Phyllis (Ira) Beair, and Sue (Art) Haehn, all of Delphos, Carol Barnhart of Van Wert, Darlene (Jerry) Howard and Beverly (Russell) Agner, both of Oakwood. She is also survived by a step-sister, Eileen (Walter) Byrne of Delphos, and two brothers, don (Ima) Butler and Lloyd (Barbara) Butler, both of Continental. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Patty Butler, a nephew, Michael Beair and a brother-in-law, James Barnhart. Betty had worked at Myers Cleaners and then at Van Dyne Crotty for many years. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School class of 1951. Betty was a very kindhearted, loving sister who loved her family dearly. She loved the outdoors, working in her flower garden and mowing her lawn. Betty was a very special caring person, who helped everyone and will be dearly missed by her family. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, with Reverend David Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Butler Family Cemetery Trust.
Leo G. Schmelzer, 88, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, September 14, 2015, at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville. He was born June 8, 1927, in Delphos to Augustas (Gus) A. and Teresa (Etgen) Schmelzer. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to LaDonna Osting Klaus on August 29, 1986; she preceded him in death on October 25, 2014. He is survived by one step daughter, Patricia (Bob) Kramer of Spencerville; two step sons, David (Karen Hemker) Klaus of Delphos and Steven (Debbie) Klaus of Lima; two step daughters-in-law, Ag Klaus and Linda Klaus both of Delphos; 13 step grandchildren, Kevin (Angie) Klaus, Matt (Julie) Klaus both of Delphos, Lee (Theresa) Lauck of Lima, Brian Kramer, Eric (Andrea Shafer) Kramer, Brent (Kim) Binkley, Maria (Jon) Diltz, Rocky (Bobbie) Klaus, Marci (Chris) Ricker, and Derek Klaus all of Delphos, Jason, Jared, and Josh Klaus all of Lima; 28 step great-grandchildren and six step great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary Kaverman; and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one step daughter, Kathy Lepley; two step sons, Gary and Ken Klaus; two step granddaughters, Lisa Kramer and Kari Klaus Lauck.; and one brother-in-law, Charles Kaverman. Leo had worked at Horine Lumber for many years, he was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, K of C #1362, Eagles #471, and American Legion #268, a graduate of Delphos St. John’s and he was in the Air Force as a Surface Transport Commander, where he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the American Theater Service Medal. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 11: 00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 2-8 p.m., 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 St. Rita’s Hospice or St. John’s Parish Foundation.
George P. Bonifas, 79, of Landeck, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, IN. He was born April 2, 1936, at home in Landeck to Linus and Henrietta (Pohlman) Bonifas. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Smith on November 27, 1958 at St. Anthony’s Church in Columbus Grove, celebrating almost 57 years of marriage. He is survived by six children, Ronald (Karen) Bonifas of Landeck, Judith (William) Park of Maumee, OH, Lawrence (Heather) Bonifas of Landeck, John (Catherine) Bonifas of Landeck, Raymond (Angela) Bonifas of Landeck, and Lynn (Mark) Bockey of Landeck; three sisters, Sister Lucy Bonifas OSF of Paducah, KY, Agnes (Gene) Krietemeyer of Fort Jennings, and Velma (Jim) Beckman of Westmilton ,OH; 21 grandchildren, Trevor (Carla) Bonifas, Austin and Logan Bonifas, Shaun and Lindsey Park, Joseph (Charity) Thrasher, Jonathan Thrasher, Mallory (Alessandro) Nardi, Jeanalle, Morgan, and Cecelia Bonifas, Brock and Ethan Bonifas, Kasey, Cheyanne, and Hunter Bonifas, and Andrew, Luke, Zane, Olivia, and Xavier Bockey; one great-grandchild, Corbin Nardi. George was preceded in death by three brothers, Father Roger Bonifas, Rufus and Ralph Bonifas; one sister, Rita Kilbarger; grandson, Wesley Bonifas. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Landeck Foresters, K of C #1362, University of Dayton Golden Flyers Club, Eagles #471, was also an Honorary Chapter FFA member, and St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Arcadia; FL. George was a 1954 graduate of Delphos St. John’s and graduated the class of 1959 from the University of Dayton as an electrical engineer. He worked for Westinghouse/Sunstrand as an aerospace engineer in Lima for over 30 years. A few of the projects he worked on were the Apollo and space shuttle programs, the self guided missiles, and the Apache Helicopter. He was also a lifelong farmer. George had been traveling to Florida for the last 15 years, where he played a lot of competitive shuffle board. He loved playing any type of cards and pitching horse shoes. He also enjoyed basketball, baseball, and softball and even played intramural baseball at the University of Dayton. Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck. Father Dennis Walsh will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home, where a parish wake will be held at 1:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos St. John’s School or St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Landeck.
Ashley Harter, 32, of Delphos, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 in Lima. She was born January 25, 1983, in Lima to Daniel and Susan (Mericle) Parsons. Her father preceded her in death and her mother survives in Delphos. She was united in marriage to Shane Harter, he survives in Delphos. She is survived by one son, Zane Harter; three daughters, Zoe, Zaria, and Zaiti Harter all at home; one sister, Abbey (Shay) Harter of Delphos; one brother Brock Parsons of Delphos; and grandmother, Marlene Hoak of Delphos. She was preceded in death by her father. Ashley was a housewife, she enjoyed music and she loved her children very much. She was a graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School in 2001. Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
Helen M. Schroeder, 97, of Fort Jennings, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at The Meadows of Kalida. She was born January 11, 1918 in Columbus Grove to Ferdinand and Mary (Knott) Hoffman. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Carl J. Schroeder on October 9, 1940; he preceded her in death on December 1, 1996. Survivors include two sons, Norbert (Elizabeth) Schroeder, and Errol (Judy) Schroeder both of Fort Jennings; one daughter, Mary (Ron) Von Lehmden of Fort Jennings; and 18 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and two daughters-in-law, Alma Jean Schroeder and Jan Schroeder both of Fort Jennings. She was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth and Alan Schroeder; two brothers, Leonard and William Hoffman; and two sisters, Mildred Hermiller and MaryJane Gasperetti. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Delphos Country Club, and the Altar Rosary Society. She was a housewife and she enjoyed reading, crocheting and knitting, golf, and bowling. Mass of Christian burial will be on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Fort Jennings. Father Charles Obinwa will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery