James L. Ditto, 85, of Delphos, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice in Van Wert, OH.
He was born September 18, 1929 to Carl and Agnes Reinemeyer Ditto. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Ruth (Stechschulte) Ditto on February 20, 1954, who survives in Delphos.
He is survived by one daughter, Ann (Bruce) Adam of Ft. Jennings, OH; two sons, Dale (Jeanne) Ditto) of Alpharetta, GA and Russell Ditto of Mt. Vernon, IN; seven grandchildren, Angela, Bob, Jim, Keely, Ty, Mike and Keatlyn; two great-grandchildren, Jaxson and Jaelen; and two sisters, Glenna Kelly of Holgate, OH and Marcia Miehls of Delphos, OH.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Justin Adam; three brothers, Don, Francis and Denny Ditto; one sister, Doris Mullenhour; one sister-in-law, Irma Ditto; and three brothers-in-law, Frank Kelly, Woodrow Mullenhour, and Kenny Miehls.
James was a member of Delphos St. John’s Church, VFW #3035, Knights of Columbus #1692, and Fraternal Order of Eagles #471. He worked for West Ohio Gas for 37 years, retiring in 1990. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed spending time with his family at the cottage in Lower Michigan. In recent years, he enjoyed watching the birds that visited his birdfeeder. James was also a Navy veteran serving 1948-1952 and during the Korean War.
Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Delphos, OH. Father Charles Obinwa will be officiating. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Fort Jennings, OH with military grave rites by Delphos Veteran’s Council. Visitation will be on Friday, December 26, 2014 at Harter and Schier Funeral Home from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A Parish wake service will be held at 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos St. John’s Church, Community Health Professionals or St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
Joan Miller Williams, 87, of Delphos, passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014, at Vancrest of Delphos, OH.
She was born May 9, 1927 to Arthur L. Miller and Mildred R. Miller Turner. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Clark D. Williams on January 5, 1949. He preceded her in death on August 20, 2006.
She is survived by daughter, Jan Smith of Delphos, son, James A. (Sharon) Williams of Richmond, VA; four grandsons: Adrian (Amanda) Smith of Delphos, Matthew Smith of Richmond, VA, James (Kerri) Smith of Wapakoneta, and Jason Williams of Richmond, VA; seven great grandchildren: Haley, Riley, Lily Smith; Makenna, Addison, Rylan Smith; and Aiden Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Joan graduated from Delphos Jefferson High school in 1945. In 1946, she graduated from Fredrick’s Beauty School. She worked at several beauty shops and in 1961 opened her own business, Williams Beauty Shop. She was a charter member of Alpha Delta Omega Sorority, TAU Chapter, member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and Delphos Eagles Auxiliary #471.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Pastor Rich Rakay will be officiating. Burial will be held privately in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, December 22, 2014 from 2:00-5:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.
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Imogene Mox of Delphos passed away peacefully surrounded by her children, on Dec. 18, 2014, at Vancrest Healthcare Center. She was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Wapakoneta to the late Eugene and Lillian (Wiefenbach) Slattery. On April 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Franklin O. Mox who preceded her in death on January 5, 2010. Imogene is survived by two daughters; Linda (Erwin) Monhemius of Wooster and Jeannie (Mark) Hellmann of Andover, MN; one son Michael E (Vickie) Mox of Plano, TX; sister-in-law, Ruth Mox Lynn of Humboldt, TN. She sincerely loved her nine grandchildren, Dan (Becky) and John (Beth) Monhemius, Sara (John) Waple, Katie, Emma, Laura, Kurt, and Kyle Hellmann, and Lisabeth Mox. She also adored her eight great-grandchildren, Andrew, Brandon, and Natalie Waple, Vanessa, Leah, Ashley, Carly, and Cora Monhemius. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Jane Scheufler, Althea Ruedebush, and Geraldine Metzger; and three brothers Byron, Dana, and Calvin Slattery. Imogene was a homemaker and supported her husband Frank at the Mox Nursery. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Throughout the years she enjoyed cooking, baking, playing cards, polka dancing, and laughing and loving her family. She treasured her newly extended family at Vancrest where she took a caring interest in the staff, knowing them all by name. Service will be at St. Peter Lutheran Church at 11:00 on Dec.29, 2014, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation will be on December 28, 2014, from 4-7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Memorial Chapel. Burial will take place at Walnut Grove Cemetery immediately following the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Feed My Starving Children, or St. Peter Lutheran Church.
Melvin “Bun” J. Pohlman, 85, of Delphos passed away on December 16, 2014, at 3:00 a.m. at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 30, 1929 in Delphos to Alphons and Adeline (Wellman) Pohlman both are deceased. On Oct. 28, 1950 he was united in marriage to Rita Mae Hohlbein. She survives in Delphos. He is survived by one daughter, Mary Kay (Don) Klausing of Delphos; two sons, Keith (Mary Lou) Pohlman of Delphos and Tim (Susan) Pohlman of Scottsdale, AZ; two sisters, Mary Catherine “Sally” Looser of Ottoville and Rita (Norbert “Piney”) Suever of Landeck; one brother Ronald (Joan) Pohlman of Ottawa; one sister-in-law, Pat (Mel) Pohlman Williams of Lima; seven grandchildren, Dustin, Heather and Julia Pohlman; Katie and Matthew Pohlman; and Lauren (Mike) Chapman and Isaac Klausing. He was preceded in death by three sisters and brothers-in-law, Delores (Gene) Meyer, Lucille (Bob) Ellerbrock and Jane (John) Ricker of Ottoville; a brother, Gilbert “Gip” Pohlman. Melvin was a member of Delphos St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, Elks and the Delphos Eagles. Melvin’s father passed away at the young age of 39. Being only 15 years of age, Melvin left grade school to help support his mother and six siblings. Melving was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was self employed, serving the area dairy farmers for 22 years. In 1972 he joined the DeLaval Dairy Equipment Company, retiring in 1992 to enjoy his seven grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Ron Schock officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 2-8 at Harter and Schier Funeral home where a parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Burial will be at St. John’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Parish Foundation.
Beverly Jean Spurr, 79, of Delphos, died at 1:30 a.m. Saturday, December 13, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 20, 1935, in Ecorse MI, the daughter of Cecil and Mary (Gaberdiel) Fought, who both preceded her in death. On February 19, 1960, she married James Spurr (Rusty), who also preceded her in death on December 14, 1981. Survivors include three children, Beverly (James) Sizemore of Bean Station TN, Larry (Mary) Spurr of Middle Point OH, and Jerry Spurr of Bean Station TN; two step children Jim (Debora) Spurr of Saint Augustine FL and Nancy (Buck) Snyder of North Baltimore OH; A sister Eileen (Bill) Teman of Delphos OH; six grandchildren Jamie Sizemore, Junior (Amanda) Sizemore, Jeremy (Nicole) Parsons, Jessica (Chris) Trachsel, Megan (Jeremy) Ewing, and Eric Spurr; and seven great grandchildren. Two daughters Mary Spurr and Kathy Parsons and one son Terry Spurr; five brothers Herbert, Charles, Earl, Clifford, and Robert Fought also preceded her in death. She worked for 20 years at St Rita’s Medical Center. She was a member of Noeton Baptist Church in Bean Station TN. She was a life time member to the VFW 3035 Ladies Auxiliary, and the Fraternal Order of Eagle’s in Delphos OH. She loved playing BINGO. Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos Ohio. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in rural Delphos. Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, December 16 at the funeral home. Following the funeral services there will be a luncheon held at the Eagles in Delphos OH.
Juanita K. Diller, 90, passed away on Friday December 12, 2014, at 1:55 a.m. at Van Wert Inpatient Hospice Center in Van Wert, OH. She was born January 10, 1924, in Lima, to Wesely and Ida Mae (Sweeney) Smith. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Herman S. Diller. He preceded her in death on November 17, 1997. She is survived by a son, Bruce Diller of Elida; sister, Peggy Snyder of Lafayette, OH; and three sisters-in-laws, Mary Mishler of Elkhart, IN, Martha Yoder of Archbold, OH, and Esther (Richard) Hartman of Elida. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, Chester Smith and Ellis “Sonny” Smith; sister, Dorine Spees; sister-in-law, Ruby Smith, and four brothers-in-laws, Don Snyder, Jim Spees, Carl Yoder, and Dorsa Mishler. Juanita worked as an inspector at Ex Cello, was a cook at Ralphs Restaurant, Assistant Manager of Burger King, worked in the school cafeteria at LCC, and worked at Servomation Food. She was a member of Pike Mennonite Church, the Sigma Delta Chi sorority, 1952 charter member of the Elida Volunteer fire department Ladies Aux. she played the clarinet in school and won solo at the State band contest in 1940. She graduated from Lima South High as valedictorian in 1942. She attended Government Trade School for two years, and she served as secretary to the Army for 10 years. She enjoyed cooking and she had also enjoyed quilting for 40 years. Funeral services will be held on Monday December 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior to the service at the church. Joe Hartman will be officiating. Visitation will be on Sunday December 14, 2014 from 4-6 p.m. at Pike Mennonite Church in Elida. Burial will follow in church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Van Wert Community Health Professionals Inpatient Hospice Center or Angels for Animals.
Lester Dancer 84, of Delphos, passed away on Tuesday December 9, 2014, at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville, OH.He was born February 2, 1930 to Chester and Carmen (Caldwell) Dancer. Both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Mary Ellen (Diltz) Dancer on September 3, 1949. She preceded him in death on March 29, 2011. He is survived by three sons, Steve (Sue) Dancer of Delphos, Dave (Jill) Dancer of Delphos, Dennis (Richelle) Dancer of Delphos; daughter, Debra (Michael) Rode of Delphos; sister, Barbara Courser; brother, Duane (Sharron) Courser of Niles, MI; 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife. Lester was a truck driver most of his life for several different companies. He was a member of the Eagles post #471 and the GWRRA Goldwing Motorcycle Club. He truly loved to ride his motor cycle and truly enjoyed racing, where he even raced his own sprint cars and dirt bikes. Funeral services will be held on Friday December 12, 2014 at 7:00p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Father Jacob Gordon and Reverend Gary Fish will be officiating. Burial will be at a later date at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday December 12, 2014 from 2-7 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to Roselawn Manor or Delphos Area Visiting Nurses. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service. (Password: webcast9)
On April 22, 1972, she was united in marriage to Edward Bailey who survives in Delphos.
She is survived by her mother; her daughter, Rachel and two grandchildren Alexis and Sammy Bailey; her aunt, Dorothy Renfer; and a nephew, Shawn Ness.
She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Donald; and her grandparents, Sam and Louise Ness and Lillian Seymour.
Linda worked in the insurance business for 47 years owning Jauman Insurance Agency. She later worked for Odenweller-Jauman Insurance. She was a 1969 graduate of Delphos Jefferson High School, and a member of St. John the Evangelist Church. She was also a lifetime member of the American Legion of Delphos Post 268.
There will be no visitation. Graveside services will be Tuesday, December 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery. It will be officiated by Father Frank Murd and Deacon John Sheeran.
Memorial contributions may be made to the family.
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Elizabeth “Betty” E. Tiernan, 95, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday December 4, 2014, at St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima, OH at 7:20 p.m.
She was born March 21, 1919, in Delphos, to Thomas L. and Leoma (Miller) Jones. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Rod E. Tiernan on May 17, 1947 in Carson City, Nevada; he also preceded her in death on February 15, 2013.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Dorothy Buettner.
Betty worked at City Loan and was a cook at Franklin School. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Eastern Star, and she volunteered at the Thrift shop and St. Rita’s Medical Center for 17 years. She enjoyed camping, cooking, church work, sewing, gardening, and she loved children. Betty also loved sports, especially the Cincinnati Reds. She also loved to follow Delphos Jefferson and Delphos St. John’s Football, and our beloved Buckeyes. She always had a smile on her face, and was dearly loved by her family and will be missed.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday December 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos with visitation from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Pastor Rich will be officiating. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to VanCrest of Delphos.
David A. Friemoth, 57, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday November 19, 2014, at his residence in Delphos, OH. He was born August 24, 1957, in Lima, to August and Margaret Friemoth. He is survived by a son, Alan D. Friemoth of Van Wert, two daughters, Jennifer L. Oster of Rocky Mount, NC, and Melinda A. (Jorge) Flores of Yuma, AZ, two grandchildren, Riley J. Friemoth, and Ava L. Oster, 2 sisters, Mary Jane (Arthur) Eversole of Middle Point, and Betty Staup of Delphos, 2 brothers, James (Celia) Friemoth of Delphos and Bob (Ruth) Friemoth of Lima. David worked as a maintenance director. He was a member of the American Legion #268 and the Do-Right Motorcycle Club. He was a graduate of Delphos St. John’s High School. Mr. Friemoth engaged in a myriad of hobbies from handcrafting model boats like Squire Shop and Flying Thunder to blueprinting potato launchers and experimenting with firecrackers. He was proud to display his love for all things ‘Rock-and-Roll’ to include a deep belief in saluting the United States and its Armed Forces through the support of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and the local American Legion. NASCAR played every race day, and he vowed to always support Jeff Gordon. Mr. Friemoth loved Old Milwaukee tallboys and King Edward cigars amongst friends, while thinking of the next great cook-out in which was the inspiration of Emeril Lagasse’s “Pork Fat”. If he wasn’t watching Food Network or Breaking Bad, Mr. Friemoth tinkered using the God-gifted talents of process-mapping, critical thinking and problem-solving in the field of industrial mechanics. Not only was he talented in ‘fixing things’, Mr. Friemoth’s skills on the printing press directly contributed to thousands of printed newspapers for Delphos, Ohio, to include missalettes for local churches. Funeral services will be on Saturday November 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, with Father Daniel Johnson officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Friday November 28, 2014, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos, OH with a Parish Wake to begin at 7:30 p.m. Memorial Contributions may be made to the family. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service. (Password: webcast9)