Michael J. Fairfax: June 12, 1952-August 21, 2016

Michael Fairfax pictureMichael J. Fairfax, 64, of Delphos, formerly of Norwalk passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born on June 12, 1952, in Lima to James and Bonnie (Hammond) Fairfax. His father preceded him in death and his mother survives in Delphos.

He is survived by three children, James M. Fairfax of Lorain, OH, Leah M. (Ross) Romer of Cleveland, and Jennifer Rivera of Akron; a brother, Dan (Donna) Fairfax of Norwalk; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be on Wednesday, August 24, 2016, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Following the visitation Delphos Veterans Council will conduct military rites at the Funeral Home. Burial will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

Edgar Van Autreve: August 12, 1921-August 11, 2016

Van Autreve picture1Edgar Van Autreve, 95, of Delphos, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born on August 12, 1921 in Savage, Montana, to Antoine and Gabrielle Van Autreve. They both preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Augusta Fuerst in 1946. They had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 1, 2016, she survives in Delphos.

He is survived by three children, Mike (Patti) Van Autreve of Dayton, Toni Van Autreve, and Tom (Cyndy) Van Autreve both of Atlanta, Georgia; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Leon Van Autreve; and a sister, Mary Keipper.

Edgar graduated from Delphos Jefferson high school in 1939 and he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. at the age of 19. He served four years as a marine during WWII and fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima and was always very proud of being a marine. After returning from serving our country and marrying the love of his life Edgar became an award winning North American moving agent as well as the proud owner of the Busy Bee Rental and Hardware. Edgar was an active member of the Kiwanis club, VFW #3035, and the Knights of Columbus #1362, 4th degree, Sir Knight for 51 years. He was a true family man and took pride and pleasure in spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 2:00 p.m., at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Father Dennis Walsh will officiate. Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery, with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Friends may call on Sunday, August 14, 2016, from 6-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. A parish wake will be held at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita’s Hospice, 959 W. North Street, Lima, Ohio 45805.

Virginia Stockwell: October 21, 1917-August 12, 2016

angel 001Virginia Stockwell, 98, of Delphos, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016, at Vancrest Healthcare Center in Delphos. She was born October, 21, 1917, in Lucky, OH to George and Minnie (Thompson) Rife. They both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to James Stockwell in 1935; he preceded her in death in June of 1978.

She is survived by two sons, Jim (Jeannette) Stockwell of Delphos and Jeff (Connie) Stockwell of Cairo, Georgia; a brother, George (Sue) Rife of Lexington, KY; sister-in-law, Marilyn Rife; grandchildren, Kim (Derek) Shivley, Mark (Rachel Swartz) Stockwell, Lisa (Kirk) Looser, Jeff (Julane) Stockwell, Maria Stockwell, Dennis Stockwell, Jason Stockwell, and Rachelle Stockwell; 15 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Stockwell; infant son, George Stockwell; three brothers; Dale, Earl and Keith Rife; a sister, Vivian Phillips; a granddaughter, Donna Garza; and a great-grandson, Collin James Stockwell.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and had retired from Huddle Restaurant, where she worked as a waitress for 30 years. She loved to travel and read.

There will be a graveside service on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Pastor David Howell will officiate. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Thomas E. Schmelzer: October 1, 1939-August 11, 2016

Peaceful-FishingThomas E. Schmelzer, 76, of Wapakoneta, formerly of Delphos, where he lived for 44 years, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at Otterbein in Cridersville. He was born October 1, 1939, in Tiffin, OH, to Henry Francis and Donna Marie (Murray) Schmelzer. His parents both preceded him in death as well as his sister, Judith Wills. He was united in marriage to Wendy Feltham on May 14, 1966, she survives in Wapak.

He is survived by three children, Paul (Donna) Schmelzer, Laura (Jay) Schmelzer-Clevenger both of Findlay, and Erick (Lisa) Schmelzer of Wapakoneta; seven grandchildren, Paige, Carlee, Macy, Owen, Ragen, Elaine, and Eden.

Tom was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wapakoneta and was a past member of Trinity United Methodist church in Delphos, where he served on Pastor Parish relations committee for many years, and was on several other committees throughout the years. Tom also served on the Delphos City School Board and walnut Grove Cemetery Board for 6 years. He was the committee chair person for troop 65 and a troop leader for the weblows. Tom was proud of his military service, volunteering for the Army, serving from 1962-1964. He was a graduate of Delphos Jefferson in 1958. He retired from Federal Mogul in 2006 as a lathe operator and was a partner of Delphos Sentry Hardware from 1967-1975.  He loved fishing, woodworking, basketball, and was a self proclaimed chef that loved to cook.

Funeral services will be on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. with calling from 12:00 until the time of service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home in Delphos. Reverend Kimberly Pope Seiberling and Justin McCall will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery with military grave rites by the Delphos Veterans Council. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, United Methodist Church of Wapakoneta, or Donor’s Choice. To view funeral service online, please visit harterandschier.com at the time of the service (Password: webcast9).

Sue Ann (Bame) Ries: December 3, 1940-August 10, 2016

 Ries pictureSue Ann (Bame) Ries, 75, of Delphos, passed away on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center. She was born December 3, 1940, to Orville “Rick” Bame Jr. and Garnet (Snyder Bame) Ricker. Both preceded her in death.

She is survived by one daughter, Amy L. (Paul King) Truesdale-Simons of Rockford, MI; one brother, Lawrence (Kathleen) Bame; four grandchildren, Valerie Slisz, Kimberly Slisz, Kylie Truesdale, and Emily King; a step-granddaughter, Bonnie King; four great-grandchildren, Aidan, Liam, Emry, and Temperance; and five nieces and nephews, Alicia, Yancy, Tracy, Andrew, and John. She is also survived by a very special “adopted granddaughter”, Emily Buettner. She was preceded in death by a son, Jon Kevin Truesdale.

Sue Ann was a lifelong member of St. Paul united Methodist Church. As a history buff, she enjoyed volunteering at the Delphos Canal Museum. She was a frequent and expert shopper, enjoyed the Lima Symphony, and traveling, as she visited Europe, Northern Africa and most of North America. Sue Ann loved all forms of art including the ballet, opera, and the works of Dale Chihuly. Most of all she loved her daily lunch or supper out with her friends. She had worked for the State of Indiana in the appellate court system for over 20 years. She was also a 1958 graduate of Delphos Jefferson high school.

Funeral services will be on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with calling one hour prior to the service. Pastor Rick Lamb and Pastor David Howell will officiate. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, August 14, 2016 from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Luetta “Dot” Kleman: May 3, 1925 – August 5, 2016

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  Luetta “Dot” Kleman, 91, of Ottoville, passed away Friday, August 5, 2016, in her home.

She was born to Ben and Lorene (Dickman) Boecker on May 3, 1925. She was united in marriage to Franklin B. Kleman on May 3, 1947.  He preceded her in death on September 6, 2006.

She is survived by one son, Tom (Deb) Kleman of Graytown, Oh.; three daughters; Darlene (Don) Kemper of Delphos, Janice (Jerry) Roth of Cincinnati, and Deb (Jay Metzner) Oney of Ft. Jennings; ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Theresa Becker of Cloverdale, and Marie Becker of Kalida.

She was preceded in death by six brothers, Urban, Walter “Bud,” Wilbur “Bill,” Norman, Alfred, and Marvin Boecker.

Luetta was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville.  She worked at Aeroquip for over twenty years.  In 2007 Luetta was named Elder Caregiver of the Year for so diligently caring for her bedridden husband for over ten years.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, August 13, at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Ottoville officated by Fr. Jerome Schetter.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, August 12, 2016, from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral home. A Parish Wake will be held at 7:30. Memorial contributions may be made to Ft. Jennings State Bank for Luetta’s great grandson, Owen Reimund, to help cover expenses of his congenital heart defect.

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Von Devere Jenkins: January 6, 1920-August 1, 2016

Von Jenkins pictureVon Devere Jenkins, 96, of Lady Lake, FL, formerly of Elida, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Lexington Park Assisted Living Facility under the care of Cornerstone Hospice in Lady Lake, FL. He was born January 6, 1920, in Belle Center, the fifth of nine children to Carl C. and Eva (Starrett) Jenkins. Both preceded him in death. He grew up in Logan County and moved to Springfield when he left the home.  There he met Mary E. Tabor to whom he was united in marriage on June 11, 1938; she preceded him in death on July 13, 2002.  He was also preceded in death by one young daughter, Nancy Faye, and two granddaughters, Gretchen Elizabeth Jenkins and Liza Anne Sackinger.

He is survived by three sons, Jerry E. (Frances) Jenkins of Lady Lake, FL, Dr. Michael A. (Theresa) Jenkins of Sylvania and Brian V. (Juliana) Jenkins of Lima; a daughter, Susan D. (James) Peed of Bumpass, VA; 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Ronald Jenkins, West Mansfield, and sisters: Carol Potter, Bellefontaine; Phyllis Rees, Sarasota, Florida; and Virginia Smith, New Braunfels, Texas.

Mr. Jenkins enjoyed a long career in the US Army and the Ohio National Guard retiring from the guard at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1976.  During his service years he was a training instructor in WWII.  He trained soldiers for National Guard call-ups for the Korean and the Viet Nam wars.  He stood duty on campus during the Kent State University riots.  In addition, Mr. Jenkins served American Township for many years as a Township Constable.

Funeral services will begin on Tuesday, August 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. with viewing one hour prior to the service at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Reverend Tom Brown will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Elida. Friends may call on Monday, August 8, 2016, from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Army Historical Foundation National Museum United States Army, 2425 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201.

Mary McConnahea: January 18, 1941-August 1, 2016

Mary McConnahea pictureMary McConnahea, 75, of Delphos, passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016, at Roselawn Manor in Spencerville. She was born January 18, 1941 to Charles and Mary (Speakman) Wibley. Both preceded her in death. She was united in marriage to Robert E. McConnahea on January 11, 1957; he preceded her in death on March 1, 2014.

She is survived by three sons, Mark (Kathy) McConnahea of Carson City, NV, Brian (Terri) McConnahea of Russell’s Point, OH, and R. Neal (Jennifer) McConnahea of Delphos; a daughter, Jeanne (Mike) Osting of Delphos; daughter-in-law, Chris McConnahea of Delphos; two brothers, Paul Wibley of Marysville and Kenneth Wibley of Lakeview; 16 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles and Richard Wibley and a son, Tim McConnahea.

Funeral services and burial will be held at a later date. Friends may visit on Thursday, August 4, 2016, from 2-8 p.m. at Harter and Schier Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the family.

Arnold Ardner: February 11, 1964 – July 18, 2016

Arnold G. Ardner, 52, of Delphos, passed away at 10:37 a.m.,  Monday, July 18, 2016, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.

He was born to Arnold G. Sr. and Martha (Korte) Ardner on February 11, 1964, in Lima, OH  His

father preceded him in death, and his mother survives in Delphos.  He is also survived by one brother, Donald Ardner of Delphos and several nieces and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by one brother, John Ardner, and one sister, Patricia Ardner.  He was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Thomas, and an infant sister, Barbara.

Arnold was a graduate of Delphos St. John’s Class of 1982.  He attended Bowling Green State University studying history.  He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church.  He worked as a cook at NuMaude’s Restaurant for over twelve years.  He loved to read and was very much an animal lover.  Arnold was also an artist who made hand crafted jewelry.

Funeral services will be on Friday, July 22, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church.  Burial will follow in St. John’s Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 2-8 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 Donor’s Choice.

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Thomas A. Osting: December 13, 1941 – July 16, 2016

photoThomas A. Osting, of Delphos, passed away at 3:40 am., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at Van Wert County Hospital.

He was born to Albert and Alvera (Saum) Osting on December 13, 1941 in Lima, Oh. He was united in marriage to Mary Jane (Holdgreve) Osting who survives in Delphos.  He is also survived by two sons, Dennis (Diana) Osting of Ft. Jennings, and Jeff (Lisa) Osting of Glandorf; two daughters, Cynthia (Kevin) Rahrig of South Bend IN, and Jennifer (David) Wright of Venedocia; one brother, Michael (Jeanie McConahea) Osting of Delphos; and one sister, Norma (Neil) Grone of Westchester, OH.  Tom was also survived by 11 grandchildren, Dr. Kyle (Dr.April) Rahrig, Paul (Chantal) Rahrig, Collin (Jennifer) Rahrig, Alisha (Tyler) Mistisshen, Adam (Courtney) Osting, Erin Osting,  Alexis Osting, Cole Osting, Haley (Matt) McVicker, Cody Wright, and Caden Wright; and five great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter-in-law, Peggy Osting.

Tom was retired from Greve Chrysler in Van Wert where he was in Car Sales and was a Sales Manager for twenty six years.  He was also a beloved Driver’s Ed Driving Instructor for fifteen years.   He was a forty one year member of the Delphos Fire Dept. serving as the local president and assistant chief and was on the Van Wert County Fair Board over twenty years.  Tom was a member of Delphos St. John’s the Evangelist Church.  He was also a member of the Jaycees for many years serving as the state vice president, and a member of the Sportsman Club, the VFW, and the Eagles.

Funeral services will be on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at St. John the Evangelist Church at 11:00 a.m.  Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.  Fr. Daniel Johnson will officiate with Fr. Charles Obinwa assisting.  Visitation will be on Sunday, July 17, from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Monday, July 18, 2016 from 2:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. where a Parish Wake will be held at 7:30 p.m..  Memorial contributions may be made to Delphos Fire and Rescue.